In declaring his presidential candidacy, Texas Governor Rick Perry made clear that he is running on his record of 10 years in office. But an objective look at the state of the State of Texas suggests he would be better off running away from his record.
Gingrich and Romney are taking the heat for being pragmatic and understanding the bigger picture. They need to be on the record saying things that, in a general election, can diffuse criticism of their policies.
Republicans have lost their cherished patriotism card as a means of deflecting attention from an economy that exploded on their watch. Beating up on Medicare won't cut it as a platform when you don't have the specter of Osama bin Laden to scare voters.
It's not that the GOP enjoys criticizing this president. It's more like breathing -- you don't "enjoy" it, it's just something you find yourself doing over and over again. It's something that keeps you alive.