Obama was fired up and ready to go in Detroit today, sticking it to Mitt Romney on his home ground. Ezra Klein reminds us that while Obama may have been something of a wet blanket as president (I think the moisture was the economy), he is one hell of a campaigner.
To those who agonized through Obama's Jackie Robinson summer in 2011 and thrilled to his renewed combativeness this fall, I would remind that we've been here before -- and not only when it all worked out in 2008. "I think it's safe to say that President Obama has given up on bipartisanship, at least for the foreseeable future," wrote Jonathan Cohn -- on September 8, 2010. The occasion was an economic speech to the City Club of Cleveland. As Cohn noted with satisfaction, Obama wasn't mincing words As he did a year later, he called out Republicans for opposing forms of stimulus they'd supported in the past:
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