Dionne does some gentle nudging:
Obama’s ability to govern in a second term ... depends not simply on his own triumph but also on the decisive defeat of those who have been obstructing him....
If Obama wants to do more than survive, he thus has to fight a bigger and broader campaign that targets not only Romney but also a GOP congressional apparatus that has moved the party far to the right.
I confess I'm as perplexed as Dionne; or, to put it more positively, perhaps I'm simply more confident in Obama's reelection than a presidential campaign is permitted to be. Dionne's puzzlement is shaped in an exhortation--only a thematically nationalized, presidential-congressional campaign can potentially compel a productive second term--which I thought I heard the president embrace months ago. Since then, however, the president's and congressional Democrats' campaigns have returned to their respective corners, the two seemingly not really at odds, but alarmingly indifferent to each other.
As for my perplexity-contributing confidence, it could be that Team Obama felt it needed to dramatically, absolutely unbeatably run up the score against Romney before attempting an alignment with profoundly misguided "all politics is local" Democratic pols. Never has such a perniciously untrue political axiom so grabbed a party by its short ones. Republicans, it scarcely requires adding, shrewdly clipped themselves free of it in '94. The Dems too habitually sing the same old tune. I can just hear the protests against message coordination: But the new community bike path is a really hot issue; not Medicare!
It could also be that Obama has already begged congressional Dems to coordinate and cooperate, and he's been rebuffed. I don't know. Nonetheless Dionne's point remains a valid one: Absent the "decisive defeat of those who have been obstructing him," Obama is probably in for at least another head-banging two years. Because immediate prospects for GOP sanity don't look promising.