Republican friends like to sneer that Obama plays checkers instead of chess at politics, but if that's the case then the national GOP leadership is playing Tic-Tac-Toe, and that not very well. Once both oncoming cars veered into the turn lane, I don't see how anybody thought this game of chicken would have a different ending:
- The Democrat base still think the GOP are an out-of-touch sack of bastards.
- The GOP base still think the party's national leadership are a bunch of milquetoast surrender monkeys and collaborators.
- The non-ideological middle, thanks to the blatant collusion of the Democrat party's all-but-official mouthpieces at ABCNNBCBS, now think the GOP is a pack of rabid ideological frothing teabagging poopie-heads. And racists, somehow, probably.