Jon Sanders

Ironically -- for the first time since early '09, it seems -- the president has found something on which he and a majority of Americans agree. He'd like just to take a walk. They'd like to tell him to take a hike. Kum ba yah.

Obama's woe is shared by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She fretted before an audience at Tufts University that "elections shouldn't matter as much as they do." That's a steep step down for someone who once hailed the outcome of the 2006 midterm elections as a moment for which women have been waiting for over 200 years.

Vice President Joe Biden has been more sanguine about things. But then he likes to check out of the president's more blatantly demagogic speeches to visit the peaceful climes of Blinken and Nod.

Biden was lulled into just such a working vacation during Obama's vitriolic and alternative-free response to Rep. Paul Ryan's budget. The speech was remarkable for many things, though none of them reflect positively on Obama as a leader. As for the reason for the speech, the president who was hosanna'd into office on the promises of fundamental change was reduced to warning that Ryan's plan "would lead to a fundamentally different America than the one we’ve known certainly in my lifetime."

Yes, the fun is over. Now he hopes we don't change.

Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is associate director of research at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.