It's been a bad August for anyone worried about civilization. Despair is easy.
This isn't new, and Obama is both lucky and good. It's not just him, look at his team. They're extremely formidable, and they've been in this game a while. They know the nation they're dealing with.
It's easy to underestimate Obama. He's identified with a tribe (black America) culturally associated with defeat. Unlike both Bill Clinton, GWB and most every GOP politician he doesn't rant and rave.
And yet, he tends to win.
For those who fear the worst, I suggest John Harwood's NYT article and John Scalzi's recent summary post.
Remember, any remotely sane American has to think that reform with enemies like Beck and the Birthers must be good.
Obama has been falling back, and the enemy has been charging forward. They think they see a soft center -- but they've forgotten about the hills on both sides ...