The “compromise” phase is behind Obama. Via Hot Air:

“The popular narrative is that we sought compromise in a quixotic quest for independent votes. We sought out compromise because a failure to get funding of the government last spring and then an extension of the debt ceiling in August would have been very bad for the economy and for the country,” Mr. Pfeiffer added. “We were in a position of legislative compromise by necessity. That phase is behind us.”

So, what comes after [the appearance of apparent] “compromise”?

In this new phase, Mr. Obama must solidify support among Democrats by standing pat for progressive party principles, while trusting that a show of strong leadership for the policies he believes in will appeal to independents. Polls consistently suggest that perhaps the only thing that unites independents as much as their desire for compromise is their inclination toward leaders who signal strength by fighting for their beliefs. (Emphasis added.)*

Really? Independents have an inclination toward leaders who “signal strength by fighting for their beliefs”? Even if those beliefs are strong progressive party principles.

Because, if so, independents are idiots.

Obama has turned hard left, in an attempt to win back his base. I don’t see, though, how independents are going to be swayed by the angry, divisive tone he’s taken on, in addition to his shift back to progressive ideology.

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