I don't think all of the flowery language in the world by Obama will ever "win over" his opponents in the legislature.
Such language so far has only worked on people on the far left.
I have a classmate in 3rd grade who ran for class president on the platform that we would have less homework. She was elected, and was among those that voted for her.
However, I only voted for her because I thought she was cute, and perceived that everyone else was going to vote for her. I also enjoy voting for the candidate who I think is going to win anyway; it gives me a sense of achievement.
Meanwhile, have the sense that a lot of my classmates voted for her because they genuinely believed she could fulfill her promises. I believe this because they were greatly disappointed when she was unable to make their dreams come true.
I wasn't disappointed. After she was elected, I even told her I voted for her because I thought she was cute, and it felt great.
While the current pool of Republicans is sorta nutty, I'm kinda sad that they don't yet appear as nutty an unintelligent as McCain and Palin. They were sooo nutty, and she was soooo dumb, that the country was willing to elect a senator with little to no experience, who spoke in long winded platitudes about things many people knew could not be achieved.
I do wonder if Hilary Clinton would have been better, but I suspect that she couldn't have gotten out the progressive dreamer vote like Obama managed to.
Maybe a republican candidate will be successful in getting out the nation's large pool of conservative dreamers, and win the election.
For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.