"It became obvious this week that the Republican Party top to bottom has to start taking Barack Obama seriously," Peggy Noonan wrote in the Wall Street Journal. "All the famous criticisms of him are true: He has no talent for or interest in sustained, good-faith negotiations, he has no real sense of alarm about the great issue of the day, America's debt. He's a chill presence in a warm-blooded profession. But he means business. He means to change America in fundamental ways and along the lines of justice as he sees it The proper response to such a man is not – was not – that he's a Muslim, he's a Kenyan, he's working out his feelings about colonialism. Those charges were meant to marginalize him, but they didn't hurt him They damaged Republicans, who came to see him as easy to defeat…. It will take guts and unity to fight him. Can the GOP, just in Washington, for now, develop those things?"
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