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The View From the Top

Obama continues to excite the rage of the "professional left," as he has derogatorily referred to his liberal detractors. Still under fire for his compromise to freeze federal workers' pay, Obama yesterday faced "an uprising among angry Democrats who strongly opposed his deal with Republicans on tax cuts" Leftist commentators are even beginning to call for a challenge to Obama in the next Democratic primary.

And Obama isn't taking it lightly. Once rated the "most liberal member of the Senate," a visibly angry Obama branded his former compatriots "sanctimonious," accused them of not understanding that "the New York Times editorial page does not permeate across all of America," and chastised Democrats to remember the virtue of "compromise."

Hello pot. Meet kettle.

To be fair, the president has also repeatedly referred to the GOP as terrorists. But Obama's new-found charity toward compromise is amusing. No longer insulated by a Democratic super-majority, the harsh reality of an actual diversity of opinions has suddenly awakened our dear leader to an appreciation of the give-and-take of politics (as opposed to his usual tactic of brute-force, hyper-partisan warfare). 

So the president is now taking it from both sides. I'd say that is a good thing - both objectively (it shows compromise, which is necessary from so ideologically extreme a politician) and for the president's approval (again, it shows compromise - a quality of which he has been viewed as sorely lacking). Idle primary threats aside, such a course is the most likely to keep Obama in the Oval Office for six more years. Let's see if it lasts.

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I was with you until your last line. I'm "thinking" on the run here, but it seems to me that this is a big jump. First, it presupposes that Obama can keep this up. Can he, really? Triangulation is a difficult thing to learn on the job. I think his mask will slip too often even if he secures some really strong straps for it.

Second, let's just say for the sake of argument that he CAN keep this up--at least in some pro forma sense. Even then, in addition to stoking the rage of the left he's been stoking in the other direction for so long, he's going to look terribly weak and incompetent as well as inauthentic.

Who wants to vote for an incompetent, inauthentic and weak candidate--whatever his purported "principles"? I think the Dems are going to have an enthusiasm gap of untold proportions in 2012 and, frankly, I don't see a way out of it for BO now.

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