Posted By lex, on September 23rd, 2011
Charles Krauthammer holds that our president’s moves to raise taxes in a grinding recession is less a tactical appeal to his base than a return to his true self:
Considering the political cost — a massive electoral rebuke by an infuriated 2010 electorate — these are the works of a conviction politician, one deeply committed to his own social-democratic vision.
That politician now returns. Obama’s new populism surely is a calculation that his halfhearted feints to the center after the midterm “shellacking” were not only unconvincing but would do him no good anyway with a stagnant economy, 9 percent unemployment and a staggering $4 trillion of new debt.
But this is more than a political calculation. It is more than just a pander to his base. It is a pander to himself: Obama is a member of his base. He believes this stuff. It is an easy and comfortable political shift for him, because it’s a shift from a phony centrism back to his social-democratic core, from positioning to authenticity.
I guess he might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb.
He can collect his participation trophy at the door. Put a picture of it in his upcoming (third) auto-biography. Alongside his other two accomplishments.