One of the hilarious things about the presidential campaign was McCain accusing Obama of not understanding the difference between tactics and strategy. McCain, the guy who ran a day-by-day reactionary campaign, while Obama pretty much kept to a big picture strategy throughout the primary and presidential campaigns.
This came to mind as several weeks ago Obama came under a great deal of criticism for "engaging Rush Limbaugh." It was considered a mistake to elevate the big fat idiot. And now today Limbaugh, as the putative leader of the republican party, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and gives a red meat speech designed for maybe 35% of the country, absolute tops.
I think Obama is probably pretty happy to see those 35% entertained and energized at the expense of scaring off everybody else.