I'm just interested in this, because of my clandestine fight against the Mel-i-verse. Poor Obama is trying to lead a New Enlightenment, where there is no great movement. He was shattered by the Yuk-Yuk rocks, and then came The Fight Against the Depression, where the Mels have out-snuck him on protectionism. Now comes the Inquisition. Can you imagine any intelligent person making it through the Ultra-Mel gauntlet of the Senate? You need a genuine Bovine who has never done anything.
Kennedy did it because of Sputnik. The Renaissance did it because of coffee. I think Obama faces a hard slog.