It's called the cycling of opposites: the student becomes the teacher, the hunter becomes the prey, the yin becomes the yang. In "Fists of Fury," Bruce Lee must become a ruthless killer in order to save his extended family from...ruthless killers. Within each opposing side is contained the seed of the other, as the two are destined to flow in and out of their established roles in an evolving battle over time.
And so it has become with President Obama and his conservative rivals. The Mantis-like president campaigned on "Change," but now he is falling victim to the sharp, attacking Crane Style of the Tea Party movement, which pokes him at every opportunity.
The wheel, it seems, is beginning to turn: ABC News reported Tuesday that the Tea Party has seized the "mantle of change":
Regardless of whether they support the conservative movement, 55 percent of Americans in the national survey think the Tea Party can "effectively bring about major changes in the way the government operates." Thirty-seven percent doubt it, with the rest unsure.
After Obama mobilized a broad base of support with a message of economic populism (remember when people talked about that constantly in 2008? Not many do.) the Tea Party has become his main political opposite, defining itself largely in terms of its drastic oppositions to his policies.