To quote revolutionary war naval commander John Paul Jones: “We have not yet begun to fight!”

(The Hill) — President Obama’s critics “have been silenced,” a top Senate Democrat and Obama ally said Friday.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the majority whip, claimed a political rebound for the president that could propel him to a second term.

“The president, if you’ll notice, since the election when he got “shellacked,” in his own words, or he did, has really been coming up in the polls, the approval ratings. People like what they hear,” Durbin told Chicago’s NBC affiliate. “He’s working with the other party, he’s addressing the most important issues. And a lot of critics have been silenced, because this president really has some basic talents that really served him well four years age, and will this time.”

Democrats were feeling good about a political rebound for the president in the wake of a lame-duck Congress that saw the ratification of the New START treaty, a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” and successfully negotiating a tax deal with Republicans to extending expiring tax cuts for another two years.