gets it just about right:
He had been accused of squandering the demographic advantages of his presidency, and of missing the chance to become a truly transformational politician. But he must have known that if he remained true to the very things his enemies feared in him — his rationalism and modernity — the country could get on with the task of transforming itself, and tonight he celebrated the most sweeping political transformation in American political culture since the one Reagan cemented in his electoral victory of 1984:
So allow me to repeat -- calmly and with hope -- what I wrote two years ago:He had turned a center-right country into a center-left one.
...In order to avoid wasting his presidency, squandering the opportunity we have given him, and letting the country spiral into a permanent corporate feudal pest-hole, Barack Obama must do the hardest thing of all: he must exceed his design specifications. This is not unprecedented, but like Franklin Roosevelt the capitalist-turned-social-Democrat or Abraham Lincoln the compromiser-turned-Emancipator, Obama must let go of a central pillar of his identity and embrace the brutal fact that our modern house divided against itself cannot stand.That we cannot endure permanently half-Fox and half-free.That we will become all one thing, or all the other.And that this is your fight, President Obama.This burden has fallen to you: it cannot be shirked and cannot be delegate.If you take up this challenge, millions of us will have your back, Mr. President.But if you cannot summon the inner strength to evolve past your reflexive need to compromise with people who want to destroy you, then we are all well and truly fucked.
*Thanks for the catch, Anon.