But what matters now is what comes next. What matters is whether he will be re-elected, and if so, whether as a lame duck with "nothing to lose" he will do what 99% of the country longs for him to do: take aim at the core corruption and greedy self-dealing that is destroying America.
Obviously, to stay in the game, he must to some degree play the game the way it is being played. But he can howl hard about how unhappy he is with it. And he can speak directly about ways in which as a second-termer he is going to lead the charge in fundamentally challenging the corruption.
More and more, it seems Obama's message is, "Yes, I'm In a Can." That's not very inspiring. And it's not going to get him -- or us -- where we need to go.
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