Now, things are crummy but stable. The patient is out of intensive care. The rehab has been long and difficult, but Obama's managed it about as well as it could be managed.
Obama stopped a depression. He has the economy growing again--weakly, insufficiently, but growing--and unemployment is inching down. He has ended more wars than he has started. He passed a health care reform law that, weak as it is, still covers more people than ever. He talks less about the war on terrorism and kills more terrorists than the guy before him. He doesn't make you cringe in embarrassment when he speaks the English language.
In politics anything is possible. It is possible Romney won't get the nomination. It is even possible that if he does, he'll win. But in a way, it doesn't matter.
No matter who comes out on top this November, we're facing gridlock 2.0.
The pent-up resentment over what the Republicans have done to Obama is so strong that the Democrats won't give Romney an inch if he wins. And we already know what the Republicans will do to Obama if he's reelected.
So the choice boils down to this: Who do you want doing nothing in the Oval Office for the next four years? A reasonable, intelligent, articulate representative for America? Or a guy who will say anything to win, without a principle he hasn't sold out, a guy who looks like an insurance salesman, talks like a used car salesman, and isn't even trusted by his own party?
If I were a conservative, I'd be royally hacked off about now. Thankfully, I'm not. I'm a liberal who is mildly disappointed. I'll take it, considering the alternative.