Talking Points Memo seems to dismiss this as goofy and cute. I can't.
Unfortunately, I've long thought this was the message that could unseat the Prez. It's not a message for rabid birthers, flat earthers and Muslim haters. Whoever gets the Republican nod will get those votes. It's a message that speaks all too well to people who hoped for change in 2008 and got -- instead -- national depression and stasis, with occasional eruptions of loud political conflict.
Unfortunately, there are too many of us in that category.
Republicans have been willing to let the country sink into further public squalor and kleptocracy in order to retake power. They really don't seem to care about anything except having "people like them" at the helm, a little militaristic cheering, and paying no taxes.
But everyone else wanted more, several different kinds of more. And most of us don't feel that we've gotten much of the change we worked for.
The Obama administration has picked off a few low-hanging fruit; numerous government agencies are actually trying to do their jobs, insofar as Congress will fund them. That's a plus. A few LGBT equality measures have lurched forward; since they have majority support, that too seems little and late. We'll probably get out of Iraq in December, but that hardly feels like a great accomplishment, since we never should have been there in the first place. A health insurance bill passed, but most of it doesn't kick in until years from now and Republicans may yet manage to fatally mangle its very tentative reforms before they are even tried. Probably the Administration's greatest accomplishment was helping the auto industry get back on its feet -- a very good thing, but under any sensible regime something that would have been a no-brainer, not a "big deal."
Meanwhile, the labor movement got nothing for pouring its love and treasure into Democratic campaigns. Though people who believe in science are in charge, the country still isn't tackling the implications of human-induced climate change. The Obama administration has continued and relished all the law-free executive powers so beloved of Dick Cheney. And the economy is no better for most people, though Wall Street chugs along vibrantly.
So Romney's "buyer's remorse" message is likely to strike a chord. President Obama looks strong now and his actual existing competitors look weak, even farcical. Most Democrats are never going to vote for any of them. But we're a very unhappy people about to be assaulted with a further barrage of emotionally tinged misinformation and resentment. Who knows what we'll do?
Many people like me, disappointed progressives, aren't going to work for Obama this time around. I can't. When he caved on Guantanamo, refused to sanction anyone for shaming the country by making world-wide kidnapping and torture our national policies, and embraced assassinations of enemies as a routine option, he lost my active support. A person must have some limits of conscience, though I'll probably cast a meaningless vote for him here in California.
But I won't give up on electoral strategies in the face of the Know-Nothing tide. Obama would be a better President with a Democratic House of Representatives -- and Republicans have made themselves unpopular enough that this may be possible. I urge everyone to adopt a plausible House race for a Democratic pick up, get in there and work. There are 75-80 districts where Dems might pull out a victory with the right candidate and some luck. I pointed to one yesterday. Those of us in California will probably have to go a bit afield, though who knows what the new Congressional districts will look like.
I think I've got my mantra for 2012: The House matters. What do you think?