You sprinkle brilliance for free like seedlings spreading into fields in the prairie wind. Love your "language of the game" metaphor. The other ugly thought is that whatever the Dems do, regressive parts of the country will never stop sending far-right extremists to Washington to block progressive policies. The scariest part to me is that so many people believe pablum such that a guy like Romney has to get up there and spout all manner of hokum to appeal to them -- I get embarrassed for the guy, but he seems dedicated to "play the role" instead of breaking from the script and thinking on his feet like Bill Clinton or using creative, critical thinking like Obama. Romney can't win because of that.