No one could have anticipated...
Stephen Ducat at HuffPo:
Obama's resort to the triangulation of the old politics is an admission of a much more serious limitation. It tells us that he does not believe in his own ability to reframe certain key issues in a way that makes a progressive stance the one that is obviously the most moral. It shows that he does not feel up to the task of rendering some liberal principles intellectually clear and emotionally compelling.
His limited ability to exercise moral leadership leaves him with no choice other than to accept Republican frames on issues. So, on the FISA bill, for example, loss of privacy and immunity for criminal telecom companies become a trivial price to pay for protection from unfathomable and pervasive Evil.
Hell, to see that could only be accomplished with 20/20 hindsight! If there had been folks sharing that kind of vision, there would now be waves of repentant people apologizing to them for having turned an aggressively deaf ear to their warnings. You know, just like all the people who were wrong about the Iraq War have since made a full-time job of apologizing to the DFHs who were ostracized for getting it right. That's just the way human nature is, isn't it?
Anyway, as recently as April, Ducat fantasized that Obama might "get it" on framing.