XVII

A couple of seasons back, the New England Patriots went 16-0, winning all their regular season games. The vibe was similar to that of Obama's run for the Presidency. Well oiled machines had the right plan for the right time, the teams did their jobs with few mistakes, and luck was on their side. There has to be lots of luck.
The Patriots coasted through the playoffs and on to the Superbowl. There, the training and the planning ran into circumstances for which it wasn't prepared. The momentum shifted. And, the luck ran out.
While all the talk leading up to Super Bowl XLII centered on perfection, on how the New England Patriots were one of the best teams ever, we forgot to acknowledge one simple fact: The New York Giants were playing better at this time of the year than their opponents.
Obama's Presidency turned on the front porch of Professor Henry Louis Gates, a professor of racial intolerance who used his craft on a White Police Officer. Barack offered his support to the apparent bad guy in the incident, turning what was really a routine case of professorial arrogance into a racial incident.
“...there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”
Since that July 22 event, Obama's been slipping toward health care defeat just like the Patriots slogging their way through Super Bowl XLII. When the momentum shifts, it's a bitch.
President Obama, who will deliver an address to a joint session of Congress tonight, says he will insist upon several must-have elements of a healthcare overhaul that he does "intend to get done this year."
The difference is that the Patriots were an experienced team. The Obama crowd ran a fine campaign, but they also benefited from being just what the moment called for - it was a year for change, and an inexperienced candidate represents change better than insiders like Hillary. It was a year for change, and looking at Obama, that's all anyone saw. Any other candidate would have been torn to shreds over ties to race baiters, terrorists and thieves, but Obama was allowed to skate through unchallenged by the media.
"There are some principles that, if they are not embodied in the bill, I will not sign it," Obama said in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts aired on "Good Morning America" today. Yet the president declined in the interview to draw a line in the sand on a so-called "public option," offering government-run health insurance to those who cannot find coverage privately.
It's not the campaign anymore. This is a big game in the big time. We'll see what Obama has left in his bag of tricks starting tonight.