Pandering, yes ... But to Whom, Mr. Obama?
Today, even the center-right editorial board at The New York Times took this swipe at Obama for being politically tone-deaf. (Of course the presumption is that he actually might be vaguely progressive on the economy, which I doubt.) But here is the relevant factual basis for their complaint:
"The Times and CBS News released a new poll on Friday, and once again we were impressed that Americans are a lot smarter than Republican leaders think, more willing to sacrifice for the national good than Democratic leaders give them credit for, and more eager to see the president get tough than Mr. Obama and his conflict-averse team realize."In other words the stress on bi-partisanship - which actually means pandering to right-wing elite preferences - is a pretty poor political strategy. Not only has it led to policy disasters, but it is pretty lame in simple electoral terms. In other words, even if Obama is, as I believe, a center-right politician, he is going to lose the election by if he keeps pandering to the right. In fact, it may be too late.