Independents Return to Obama…
… now that the election is over. And I’m going to agree with Mandos, some people really do want “bipartisanship” of the sort Obama is now offering. Or, more accurately, they like Obama now that he is moderating the governing party (the Republicans, who are actually driving policy now.)
The problem is (and this is a mirror of the warning I gave in early 2009) that the current most likely policies (as “compromised” with the House Pubs), which they think they approve of, are going to put the economy even further into a hole. Give it a year to 18 months and the current economy is going to be a susperating wound, and it won’t matter that “independents” thought they wanted austerity, they’ll vote based on the results of the policies.
Or to put it another way, good for Obama for improving his poll ratings so close to an elec…
Thinking more than one move in advance=good.
And good policy=good politics. Bleeding the patient when he’s anemic, even if that’s what he wants, won’t make the patient happy with you more than briefly.