Triangulation, Part II.
It seems that the honeymoon period of President-elect Barack Obama is over. As I previously posted, Obama’s biggest critics are not going to come from conservatives but from within the liberal base of his own party. Simply put, as a Republican I was comfortable supporting him because I saw a pragmatic, capable leader instead of a candidate that was driven by progressive ideology. For those of you who missed it, the clue was Obama’s praise of the foreign policy decisions of Ronald Reagan and Bush 41.
Barack Obama has surrounded himself with Clintonites for his first term including his Chief of Staff, his Commerce Secretary, and of course, Hillary as his Secretary of State. How will he govern from the center? The answer is to take use another Clinton strategy called Triangulation. Barack Obama will not make the same mistake Bill Clinton made in 1993. In 1993, Clinton assumed he had a mandate to change the culture of Washington. Instead of moving cautiously and building a consensus, Clinton tried to push through national healthcare. Not only did he fail in that initiative; his brashness had disastrous consequences in 1994 when the Democrats lost majorities in the House and Senate.
Barack Obama is a student of history. Triangulation is going to be a mantra of his administration before he takes the oath of office. Obama did not win as a progressive and he is not going to govern as one.Click here for reuse options!
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