This Is How You Do It.


Almost by accident, President Obama stumbled onto some brilliant framing this weekend. After outlining some of his achievements, Mr. Obama said:

It does kind of make you wonder: Why are so many Republican politicians down on America?” he said. “Why are they so grumpy? I know its political season, but listening to them you would think that everything was terrific back in 2008 — when we were going through the worst financial and economic crisis since the Great Depression, we were engaged in two wars, hopelessly addicted to foreign oil, Bin Laden’s at large.

“Grumpy Republicans” is brilliant. It’s as good as “flip-flopper,” which the Republicans applied with such success to John Kerry. It’s easy. It plays into “grumpy old man shouting at clouds,” which perfectly encapsulates the privilege of old white men and the absolute futility of Republican attempts to turn back rights for gay people…

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