In Which I Agree with Peggy Noonan
Yes, it’s true. That’s how bad it’s getting these days.
The president must have thought that distancing himself from left and right would make him more attractive to the center. But you get credit for going to the center only if you say the centrist position you’ve just embraced is right. If you suggest, as the president did, that the seemingly moderate plan you agreed to is awful and you’ll try to rescind it in two years, you won’t leave the center thinking, “He’s our guy!” You’ll leave them thinking, “Note to self: Remove Obama in two years.”
You have no idea how much it kills me to write this: she nailed it.
Obama’s policy choices seem designed to please Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson — and piss just about everyone else off.