Like I Was Saying

by Mark Wilson

Drew Westen, writing in The New York Times, has it all right there: pretty much everything I talked about in my earlier post about partisanship and centrism:

The real conundrum is why the president seems so compelled to take both sides of every issue, encouraging voters to project whatever they want on him, and hoping they won’t realize which hand is holding the rabbit. That a large section of the country views him as a socialist while many in his own party are concluding that he does not share their values speaks volumes — but not the volumes his advisers are selling: that if you make both the right and left mad, you must be doing something right.

Whether it’s an aversion to conflict, a misunderstanding of the system, or capitulation to moneyed interests, this guy isn’t doing what he’s supposed to be doing.