It seems to me that Obama is a good enough politician that he can read the writing on the wall. He’s going to have to start dealing with a significantly more powerful Republican force in Congress next year and seems to be laying the groundwork to get something done. Smart for the Republicans. Smart for Obama. The problem is, a lot of the President’s most liberal supporters are clearly having a hard time coping with the idea of both parties having some input to the governmental process. They’ll come along kicking and screaming sooner or later, but for now it’s going to remain The Audacity of Cope.
...which is this: the President does not need a Beijing Consensus in order to look good. In fact, a drubbing of his party in November would probably be excuse enough for him to abandon what are a whole raft of unpopular policy positions, appear 'bipartisan,' and run on that in 2012. It would require a certain willingness for the President to throw his legislative colleagues under the bus en masse, though: and, really, how likely is that?
PS: Primary challenge? Bless your heart, but the President's already having the rules changed so that others cannot not do unto him as he did unto Clinton. Gotta love those top-down political organizations, yes?
Crossposted to Moe Lane.