Obama Appreciation Day
Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" provides "progressives" with an opportunity to fancy themselves more reality-based than their tribal opposites.
It would be churlish on this day when "Obama inauguration gear made it back out of the closet" to expect Democrats to take note of the president's remarkable record of delivering on the red-state agenda.
To accentuate the positive, perhaps Republicans can take the day to count their blessings.
They have a president who's fighting the courts in order to continue DADT, who opposes gay marriage because "god's in the mix," and who expanded the faith-based initiatives program. A president who's ordered two (count 'em, two) surges in Afghanistan and countless incursions into other Middle East countries. A president who traded down the goal of closing Guantánamo to relocating it... and hasn't even done that. A president who "legalized" assassination of American citizens. A president who coddles corporations. A president who simultaneously made the Heritage Foundation's 1993 healthcare plan and the formerly temporary Hyde Amendment the law of the land. A president who created a commission to raid entitlements and staffed it full of conservatives.
Today, then, is a day when both major parties can celebrate. Democrats can savor their cultural superiority, and Republicans can celebrate their policy wins. There's something for everyone in Obama's America!