Listen to enough Republicans speaking to the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists and you will soon grow tired of hearing the term "American exceptionalism." As in, we're unique. We're the greatest. (It's true, in important ways, but that's not the point.)
Most of the potential presidential candidates trooping before the Conservative Political Action Conference to test their messages seem to have also mind-melded around the notion that President Obama is a bowing, scraping, apologizing blame-America-first chief executive.
"Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country," former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Friday. He characterized the administration's foreign policy as meek in the face of challenges from Iran, North Korea, Russia and Islamists.
"With bullies, might makes right," Pawlenty said. "Strength makes them submit."