This was a very interesting speech in that I think it’s the very first time I’ve heard the President directly try to mobilize public opinion against his political opponents. I think progressives will find a lot to dislike in this speech but that, precisely, is what many on the left have spent years urging him to do. Use the bully pulpit and tell people to call their congressmen! I’ve always thought that was a pipe dream strategy that couldn’t possibly produce results. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe lots of people will call. Maybe lots of members of congress will change their mind. But I doubt it.