Since the State of the Union, President Obama has been on a tear, showing the leadership that Democrats (and sensible people all over) have been hoping for. Unlike his Congressional colleagues, but that's a story for another posting.
And it's paying off already. You can see a new attitude in the press, typified by this piece in Time, by Joe Klein.
If Democrats can keep this up--and the President can't do it alone--the falsities and fatuousness of Republican obstructionism will at last be widely known.