Not Right Now: Real Soon Now (via AoSHQ). Apparently the plan is to wait until after the current wave of spending, then convince the Democratic party to stop spending taxpayer money that does not, in point of fact, quite exist. Except for funding a new jobs bill, which somehow isn't expected to 'count.'
But can he do it, after... oh, let Bryon York get this one:
I asked whether Obama, after presiding over the stimulus, the bailouts, the big Democratic budget, the House cap-and-trade vote, health care reform, and finally, a tripling of the already-high federal deficit, could plausibly position himself as a spending hawk. "Their principle failure is that they have allowed themselves to be defined as government interventioners and huge spenders," the strategist told me. "If he becomes the great expander of government and the great increaser of spending, he's going to get destroyed in 2012."
Actually, the principal failure is that they are government interventionists and huge spenders - and have revealed this blatantly enough that independent voters have noticed. In other words, it's not 'If he becomes;' it's 'he has become.' That's the primary reason why his economic marks are so poor Right Now - and why waiting for Real Soon Now is contraindicated.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.