Like Mr. Obama, Mr. Trump exploited birtherism for his own advantage, worming his way into the GOP. Mr. Obama allowed the issue to fester in the fever swamps of the right, and now he's facing the real possibility that he will be replaced by the Swamp Thing.
It might be too much to think that progressive activists and intellectuals would demobilize after such a "Mission Accomplished" moment. But a reasonable person might expect social justice warriors to at least take the weekend off to celebrate. But no. Within hours of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision, Politico ran a call to arms titled "It's Time to Legalize Polygamy."
This segment of Chuck Todd's "The Daily Rundown" Monday got more media bounce than usual for the show thanks to MSNBC commentator Michael Steele sounding very serious about running for governor in Maryland.
Whether class warfare is the rich taking advantage of the poor, as the Democrats paint the issue, or the poor enviously blaming the hard-working rich, as the Republicans like to define it, the stage is set for another rerun of the debate that has fueled both parties at least since the days of FDR's New Deal.