I fast forwarded through the president's address to Congress on the healthcare initiative last night, only to discover that the DVR that comes with our cable service had only recorded an hour of the telecast...
...which means that it didn't get the best part of President Obama's speech.
The second and third tier pundits are still pestering each other on the late edition of Larry King as I write this, focusing on the individual words and phrases he uttered during the course of his speech as if one of them is the magic key to gaining public momentum for the type of plan he outlined.
None of them broached the notion that Obama could have been working his signature political rope-a-dope strategy, an idea that I put forth last year when Candidate Obama came off the ropes at the Democratic Convention after the bombshell announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate to deliver a fiery speech that served notice on his party and his opponents.
Most of the political media establishment are wedded to the idea that politics is still of the 50's and 60's variety, when the high minded ideals of political parties outweighed the muck many of their followers liked to wallow in. I fell asleep to all the pooh poohing and tut tuttering and flash polling results that emanated from my TV after the president's speech.
As I said in my interview with Sean Yoes on WEAA last week, when we talked about Obama and his upcoming speech, "the way that Obama and his people have approached this, it is as if they are herding cats." And indeed they are - the houses of Congress are made up of strange cats indeed, the kind who enjoy being stroked by lobbyists, but are reluctant to come hither when their constituents call.
There really was no surprise from President Obama last night. As I intimated to Yoes in the same interview last week, "he instinctively has a need to talk to us about the hard things - the bad things first...He's going to tell you what the facts are about a situation and then try to soberly outline 'what I think we need to do to fix this.'"
At the end of the day, I firmly believe that America is mostly comprised of good people from all backgrounds.
But we who are the boring, non-newsworthy middle of the country have let our politeness and our reserve and our good "home training" be mistaken for complacency for too long.
We must set aside decorum, the way the president did last night, if only temporarily. We must abandon the subtle, and the understated, just like Obama did during his heavily barbed speech, until we get things back to equilibrium - until we begin to rebalance the scales in favor of the middle ground, and finally get the healthcare reform we all know we desperately need.