"Some political analysts are viewing President Obama's willingness to rankle Democratic leaders and anger liberals by striking a deal with Republicans on extending the Bush-era tax cuts as a bid to win back independents in advance of the 2012 elections. A new Gallup poll suggests that, politically, it may indeed have been a good way of moving towards that goal.
"Liz Sidoti, who covers national politics for the Associated Press, saw Obama's strategy this way: 'The compromise portended more likely to come as Obama courts the fickle center of the electorate and positions himself as the pragmatic president many independents want. . . . Enter Obama's dealmaking with Republicans and criticism of Democrats, moves intended to try to reclaim that swing-voting territory as he casts himself as a president who puts people above politics.'"
Seems we might be in an era of center-right dominance and Pres. Obama's political instincts have led him in a promising direction for survival into a second term. Such a situation might leave liberals and progressives even more isolated and without leadership.