Rex Murphy doesn't seem to understand why Obama is acting like a comabative partisan.
"His acceptance speech in the Olympic-style stadium could not gather the inspirational energy of his earlier arias. Of late, the flash supernova of U.S. politics is seen "competing" with a second-on-the-ticket female governor of a remote state. There's more than a gap between the "audacity of hope" and "lipstick on a pig." The mouth that spoke the first phrase should not be capable of the second.
He has shrunk into a combative partisan. He crowds his own screen, leaves less space for projection. Others are not writing his narrative now - he's inscribing his own."
Right. This guy obviously forgot what happens when you don't fight: Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry...
Obama didn't forget.