Still, there is no evidence that Obama's opponents have learned anything as they whimper that the "foxy" Obama must come out of the chicken coop to meet them halfway in solving the nation's problems. Of all things, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding compromise - a word that collides with his notorious earlier mission for his routed party after Obama's first victory:
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president"The quote even made page 190 of the Mann-Ornstein best- seller, It's Even Worse than It Looks. And that was published before the 2012 election. Can anyone now guess what Mitch's second most important thing is?
Their post-inaugural chorus was filled out by many of the usual tattered suspects complaining about the usual irritants that guaranteed them a shot at the usual TV cameras. Sens. McCain and Graham, a couple of tiresome cronies from past debacles, expressed their displeasure, to name a few. And Wayne LaPierre, the NRA megaphone, pathetic as he is, isn't going to let anybody forget that tyrannical government is at the doorstep and you can only be saved by even arming department store mannequins. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Partyers were heaped among the vanquished.
These folks will never change. Their work is too profitable. And as Tennessee Ernie Ford used to sing: They owe their soul to the company store.
They could only deal in playground dares as Obama reeled off his agenda that was immediately described as liberal but dealt with ideas and programs that a majority of Americans support. It's now OK to mention liberalism in polite circles. And about time!
There was another aspect of the Inaugural that was lost in the excitement: Mitt Romney's absence from the historic event. Few people asked, and most couldn't care less. Where was he? We learned that he was at home in California.
Watching the parade as a broadly-grinning Obama waved and Joe Biden sprinted here and there, I tried to imagine what the scene would have been if Romney and Paul Ryan had won. It would have been a dreadful setback for a nation whose people would have been so well ahead of its new team: a presidential candidate of whom his son asserted never wanted the job anyway, and a vice president who is a disciple of Ayn Rand. Neither Mitt nor his Tonto had much to say about the dramatic change underway in America because they didn't recognize it.
To the vanquished go the snivels. And why not? It's the only thing that seems to make the losers happy these days.