It will be pretty impressive if the president pulls that off. It will also be a pretty big disappointment if the ideals of this country manage to last more than 200 years, then wither in the face of a single presidency.
But this message of fear seems to be playing well. Blake Aued from The Athens Banner-Herald attended the 10th District GOP Convention last weekend, and what he wrote stuck with me:
I just got back from the 10th District GOP Convention at the Georgia Center, where, on the most beautiful day of the year, hundreds of Republicans chose to stay indoors, listen to speechifying and argue about parliamentary procedure.
Call it Fear and Loathing in Athens. The convention had all the paranoia of a Hunter S. Thompson book, minus the drugs and drinking. President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are coming for your guns, your money and your freedom.
Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, had few friends at the 2007 convention, but he returned this year as a conquering hero. His message – socialism yadda yadda Marxist yadda yadda yadda – has now become the message of the mainstream.