Here, for example, is what Frank Rich had to say about Obama in his column in yesterday’s New York Times:
And here’s what Dan Rather had to say today on MSNBC about what the deal over tax cuts being worked out between the White House and congressional Republicans portends for Obama’s political future:“THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled ‘Understanding Stockholm Syndrome’ in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ ‘good side’ and develop psychological characteristics to please them — ‘dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.’”
Could it really be that a substantial part of the Democratic base is prepared to abandon the sitting Democratic president who passed the most ambitious social policy reform of the last 45 years over a deal on the Bush tax cuts?