Looking back, President Obama made a huge strategic error in 2010: He let voters think he was spending too much time reforming health-care and not enough time creating jobs.
He learned a lesson. He now promises to focus on jobs, beginning with his State of the Union speech.
But did Washington Republicans miss that class?
Their first order of business is to repeal or reform Obama’s reform. Then they’re focusing on cutting spending.
You can see where the White House – and Obama’s already-forming campaign team – want this to go: We’re focused like a laser beam, as Bill Clinton said, on jobs. They’re playing politics.
Meanwhile, Obama’s poll numbers are rising. No strong Republican challenger has emerged.
Unceasing change is always the rule in politics. As is politicians’ inability to see and act on it.