In politics, "nobody" is a tough opponent. Like my old boss the VP used to say, "don't compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative." This is especially germane on the economy. Obama's potential opponents will inevitably be singing from an economic policy songbook that's no different from the one that got us into this mess. More tax cuts, less regulation. These ideas tickle the base, no doubt. But it's hard to imagine this policy set resonating with the independents who may ultimately decide the next election. This is ultimately good news for the president.