One would think that by now Republicans would have had enough of their vapid "gotcha-ism"--their diabolically clever thrusting and parrying, or anyway what they perceive as diabolically clever thrusting and parrying. Sadly, their capacity for self-mortification seems unlimited. For right smack on the heels of their (soon realized) insipid assault on Obama's "redistributionism" comes their madly creative attack on the president's comment that "I’ve learned some lessons. Most important is you can’t change Washington from inside, only from the outside. That’s how some of our biggest accomplishments like healthcare got done--mobilizing the American people."
Aha! Gothcha! bellows the small and merely pesky Mitt Romney from the stump in that hernial-soprana screech of his--"we'll give him that [outsider] chance in November!"; bellowing and screeching accompanied, of course, by another monotonous, game-unchanging "statement" from the quite possibly brain-damaged Reince Priebus:
"Yes We Can" was appealing to so many four years ago, but four years later, it's turned into "No I Can't." Barack Obama's campaign rationale in 2008 was his ability to change how things are done in Washington, but now he says that he can't change things at all and has instead become part of the problem. Washington is more broken, more divisive, and less respected than when Barack Obama was elected four years ago.
Well, as they say, duh. That's precisely what Obama in so many words said--that Washington is an obstructed sewer overpopulated by scurrying hordes of the Preibus-like rattus norvegicus--excepting of course the part that you, Reince, simply made up: that Obama has conceded complicity. But golly, Reince, that thrust was so very clever of you.
Notwithstanding the GOP's schoolyard taunts (dysphemism for "The Romney Strategy"), there is in all this something of some rather profound importance. In his Univision-forum comments President Obama unambiguously signaled his second-term m.o.: "I want to concentrate having a much more constant conversation with the American people so they can put pressure on Congress to move issues forward."
That was a shot across the bow--you GOP boys had better start giving this some sober thought now--because in 2013, should the warning shot go unheeded, Obama intends to exploit the electoral fury that is damn sick and tired of the GOP's broken Washington. The GOP's response will determine its future as a party; whether regional or national.