You know why you're getting so badly tripped up at the moment? Because you broke your promise, to try to unite Republicans and Democrats, right and left, on a few meaningful issues we can all agree on. You sold us on your uniqueness with your 2004 speech about there being no red states, no blue states, only American states. You said in your book, "Audacity of Hope," that you think most people agree on most things. You mentioned in lots of your stump speeches this creature called "Obamicans." You derided dividers, you promised to eliminate many enemies by communicating with them.
Now you're trying to outscore the Republicans by promising "fierce" counterattacks. Now your base is shaking its collective head and wondering how the other half of the country can be so stupid as to be fooled by Sarah Palin. Now you're caught between the high road and the low road.
You need a timeout. You need to reread your own book, remember the ideas that gave you that audacity in the first place. You need a big speech, before it's too late, if it isn't already.
Maybe you were foolish in the first place to believe you could sufficiently unite the American electorate. Maybe we were foolish to listen to your audacity.
But I'm pretty sure you need to do something dramatic, something now and something unprecedented to turn this thing around.
How, and what? That's why we donate to you the big bucks.