President Obama's Compromises
by Upstate Dem, Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 04:20:00 AM EST
After 9/11 George W. Bush put the country on a permanent war footing and created a new role for himself--The Decider. In so doing he revitalized his presidency and greatly expanded and solidified his political base. His most rabid supporters now saw little difference between Osama bin Laden and Harry Reid. They were both enemies of Bush and needed to be defeated by any
means necessary. In this domestic war confrontation was unavoidable and to be welcomed. His base demanded it, and Bush was happy to oblige. It was the source of his power.
In the wreckage of the Bush presidency Barack Obama has pursued a different means of obtaining power. He would end the political wars and declare himself The Uniter. In this role confrontation is his enemy and must be avoided. (This does not apply in Obama's current struggle with Hillary Clinton because she is seen as a Divider. She and her supporters just don't get it. Once they are disposed of, Obama can begin bringing us together.)
President Obama will be under tremendous pressure from his base to fulfill his role as a uniter. They trust him to worry about the details and are unlikely to push him in any particular direction. His election will be victory in itself. On policy
Obama's path of least resistance will be to the right. Confrontation will sap his power. (The media will also provide a check on Obama's liberal impulses. For them Republican rule is the natural order of things. Democrats must be bipartisan.)
Premeditated capitulation will likely be the legislative strategy
of the Obama administration. This helps account for Obama's
disturbing language on health care and Social Security.