Obama is back to wearing a lapel flag pin, and conservatives are gearing up a flip-flop attack.

And why not? Last night's Mississippi special election result shows us that some vague ideal of "patriotism" is one of the very few things Republicans have going for them right now.

Update: Via Ambinder, here's a case in point. (Yes, it's just a B-grade county GOP web ad. But it's a sign of things to come.)

 --Michael Crowley