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  •  His compromising helped to lose the house in 2010 (15+ / 0-)

    Now he's working on losing it some more in 2014.  If his big power move looks half-assed here, the Dems will pay for it.  People hate weak and, now that he's finally acting tough, being less than tough will look paper tigerish and that's worst than weak.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:47:44 PM PST

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    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      Would the tea party have been less popular if Obama had, for example, pushed through single payer?

      If Obama had not been able to say "you can keep your current insurance if you like it", do you think the tea party would have attracted less supporters?

      I really doubt it.

      Sure, Obama "appears" weak to some because he is willing to compromise. But, everyone who was paying attention during the campaign in 2008 knew that and he was still elected. There are no surprises here nor should anyone be surprised when he eventually "compromises" on the fiscal curb.

      Most "moderates" actually want politicians to compromise rather than risk throwing the baby out with the bath water and it is "moderates" (a.k.a. "swing voters", "low information voters", or "voters with little passion for politics") who decide elections.

      In the absence of major catastrophic events (WWIII, an attack on our shores by another powerful country, a fiscal meltdown that makes the last one look like a nursery school play,...), I think we are unlikely to have a POTUS in the US for a very long time that isn't a compromiser at heart. A passionate "take no prisoners" principled approach (such as, perhaps, Ralph Nader or Ron Paul might be expected to take) just doesn't appeal to enough people to get elected by a population as diverse as that in the US. That's why House members are more likely to be such people -- they usually represent a much less diverse population than the POTUS does.

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