Jonah Goldberg writes that President Obama’s arrogance will be his undoing, a “pride before the fall” kind of thing. Certainly that’s going to be a factor — Obama just doesn’t seem to understand the concept that people can honestly and publically disagree with him. After all, everyone who has done that in the past has been ignominously crushed by Obama’s partisans.
But I also agree with Indianna Governor Mitch Daniels (via Brothers Judd) that it is a strategic mistake to depend on your opponent failing. Clearly one should account for that, and use it, but it is not of itself sufficient. But for various reasons, the GOP has over the last decade or so lost what little will it once had to embrace its party’s putative principles. If the approach to the elections in 2010 is just “Obama is a putz!” then I don’t see much of a comeback in store for the GOP.