President Obama has sought a course of compromise and statesmanship since he's been in office, and even more so after the midterm elections where he took the message from Americans that they wanted Democrats and Republicans to work together since they voted for a divided government.
But one can't make the mistake anymore that Obama plans to campaign for 2012 on compromise. Obama's message now seems to be, "I tried working with Republicans for nearly 3 years, you can see the result: They block everything out sheer partisan hate. The time for compromising with them has passed. They've lost their chance. Now it's up to you to not only re-elect me, but send me some Democrats and moderate Republicans who are willing to work together so we can finish getting our economy back on track and put Americans back to work!"
And with the American Jobs Act and the call to raise the wealthy tax rates to what they are for the middle class, something an overwhelming majority of Americans support, he has found THE winning campaign issue for 2012.
And the Republicans handed it to him because of their obstructionism. He's turned the Republicans' partisanship against them. He can do that BECAUSE he tried a course of compromise for so long, and this is why moderates and swing voters are going to come around to his side in droves.
Once again, Obama has been playing chess all along.