What Jamie Malinowski said. There’s reason to think that Obama will become more combative over time; I hope he also becomes more partisan, since we want to take back the House as well as re-electing the President. And I wouldn’t want to underestimate the problem Obama’s skin color creates for any strategy that involves expressing anger rather than sorrow or mockery. But he’s made maximum use of Rope-a-Dope, and confronts the maximally dopey set of opponents. Time – past time – to raise the volume a bit.