In stark contrast to his abysmally amateurish (or worse) performances in Egypt, Libya, and Syria, unlike his having been snookered by Vladimir Putin regarding the new START treaty (then again, perhaps he views unilateral U.S. disarmament as a good thing), unlike his eagerly having gulped down the hook, line, and sinker cast in his direction by Iranian president Rouhani, President Barack Hussein Obama excelled in his performance over the past two weeks concerning the national debt limit and the continuing resolution. While foreign policy is far outside his competence, the president is a past master at political infighting on his home turf -- the essence of community organizing.
In this instance, the hapless Republicans were completely outmaneuvered by a well-prepared Obama who had kept his powder dry and laid snare after snare for his adversaries far in advance of their long anticipated attack. He easily repulsed the feckless, if brave, rush into battle of the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives. Heedless of the defenses towering before them, Senator Ted Cruz and his determined band of like-thinkers, their torsos covered with bandoliers loaded with principles, their muskets firing high-minded rhetoric, charged into the fray, forcing their less incautious, more experienced fellow Republicans reluctantly to provide covering fire for their charge.
The President and the Democrats, however, were waiting and ready to pour bucket after bucket of boiling, pre-prepared rhetoric over the heads of the reckless (if principled) Tea Partiers. Senator Cruz and his brave expeditionary force led his cohorts into a dead end, exposing them to withering fire from the Democrats and their snipers in the media. Rather than the white knights they imagined themselves to be, armored by their invincible principles, the Tea Partiers soon found themselves under a spell cast from the White Tower by Sauron/Obama that rendered them helpless. Older and wiser Republicans who knew the treacherous terrain on which the battle raged could only lower their heads and charge, accepting their fate much as had the Light Brigade in the Battle of Balaclava.
"Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the Valley of Death Road the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
So well prepared were the Democrats that all their plans for a government closure had been laid long far in advance. All the signage, all the "Barry-ers" were in place to close the national parks and memorials. Each turn of the screw to maximize the pain felt by the public had been prepared and rehearsed. The verbal ammunition had been devised and stacked in neat piles to be ready and at hand for Obama's defenders. Defeat was inevitable as the Democrats skillfully turned the Republican attack into a rout.
Republicans should learn from this experience. They should learn to keep their powder dry. The rash newcomers to Washington should learn prudence. They should learn to develop unifying plans, develop intelligence on their foes' plans, bide their time until the moment is right. They should be required to attend classes on political Jiu Jitsu, a discipline in which Obama would appear to have a black belt.