Let's face it, it's been a tough year or so for the President. He came in riding a wave of popularity and super majorities in both houses of Congress. On paper, he should have been unstoppable. But that's not how it panned out. Republicans focused on a cynical strategy of obstructionism, betting that their efforts would leave President Obama with nothing to show for a year of trudging on Health Care, which—right or wrong—is the President's primary domestic policy focus in these first two years of his administration. Of course, Blue Dogs and lefty Dems haven't helped him either, proving that numbers sometimes do add up to nothing.
The President himself has made some missteps and not getting out in front of the Days of Rage of last summer's nonsensical Tea Party protests and Town Hall donnybrooks is something he's still paying for. He lost the narrative and for most politicians that is the end of the story.
So where is the guy who campaigned like a warrior and beat everyone from the Clintons to the McCains and a host of others along the way? Where is that rough and tumble upstart from Chicago? He's back. This week marks the Final March of Reform and the President is doing what he does best: Campaigning. The entire White House apparatus is in campaign mode. Get your fact sheets, talking points (thoughtfully broken down into Twitter-friendly 140 characters or fewer), and marching orders. President Obama minced no words when he told congressional liberals that the chances for reform in our lifetime and his Presidency (and by extension, their own political fortunes) are on the line. If not now? If not us? When and who?