(1-4 are comments I made somewhere, I think in Steve Sailor's blog:)
1. I really want conservatives and republicans to be effective challengers to Obama. The way to do this is to focus on where he's weak on meritocracy/technocracy.
2. Hint: go after the appointments to Secretary of State and Health and Human Services in particular. Also, I'm not sure about the qualifications for Homeland Security and and Commerce Department appointees for those specific posts. Obama chose governors rather than from the pool of true experts specifically at administrating commerce and homeland security policy, regulation, and granting bureacracies.
3. And in congress in particular, Republicans could be going after the antimeritocratic seniority system. At least this would be a challenge that would bring positive externalities to the American public.
4. Conservatives have trouble accepting it, but Obama did not run with a Jackson/Sharpton resume. He's a technocrat shamming as an identity politician (unlike Palin, who was the reverse, or Reagan who didn't feel the need to bother shamming).
5. (a comment I made in Gelman's social science statistics blog) statisticians, sociologists, and psychologists seem to have their own blindspot when it comes to discussing statistics and race/phenotype/ethnicity. Not that any other discipline sees more clearly, but I think it's perhaps a stronger mythology that succeeds in turning more of us into stakeholders. Thus obviously messy and incoherent realities about race, phenotype, and ethnicity are force fitted into narratives and the discussion tends to be focused on justifications of the force-fitting without any kind of dissent. I'm thinking about the lack of studies that look specifically at a spectrum of skin color and/or a spectrum of ethnicities without race as a reduced categories proxy.
6. I think if we were more rational and more intelligent, the main shared conversation space would be decision theory, instead of sports, popular entertainment, or even public policy (which is probably irrational for us non super high status/decabillionaires to spend much time thinking about).