In President Obama's overheard comment to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about missile-defense negotiations -- "After my election, I have more flexibility" -- it is of no small significance that he so casually forwent the subjunctive tense. I should think this was no mental slip on Obama's part; he is, simply, as confident of his own reelection as I am.
Every bloody day on the brutal GOP campaign trail brings Mitt Romney one day closer to a Goldwater-like calamity -- a concreting political reality with which Obama can now reassure foreign leaders. And if I were Mitt? Obama's private confidence would rattle the hell out of me.