In a biting NYT OpEd about the "towel-snapping" Tea Party Caucus, Maureen Dowd ends by asking her liberal following,
"What if this is all a cruel joke on us? What if the people who hate government are good at it and the people who love government are bad at it?"
Ponder that...and then as you watch the GOP debate tonight, think about this sentiment by Richard Cohen in WashPo (a common theme on many Left-leaning sites):
Only the GOP can save Obama. His political shortcomings cannot be fixed because he is who he is. He can rely on running against a party that has the soul of an actuarial table and will cut programs that the poor and the middle class adore. Whoever that Republican candidate may be, he or she will be stuck in the amber of the early primaries and caucuses where extremism runs rampant and moderates go to die. Neither Jon Huntsman nor Mitt Romney has so far shown the political dexterity to squiggle out of the box that is the Iowa or South Carolina contests.
Obama is the very soul of common sense. As he talks, I nod my head in agreement. Mostly, I think, he has done the right thing. But I doubt anyone will ever recount how he cried in the Oval Office any more than I can recall a soaring passage from a speech. This president got elected because he was cool. He could be defeated because he is cold. (source)
I have such a sinking feeling that we are going to squander this golden opportunity with Mitt Romney... The Left wasn't afraid to nominate a far-left liberal (and he won!), so why do we always feel like we have to wallow in the middle with recycled career politicians like Dole, or McCain, or Mitt...