That’s how the president’s reelection team would like to see a debt deal portrayed.
With Obama’s former campaign chief spearheading debt ceiling strategy it’s a tad obvious that politics are afoot. Now a senior White House adviser, David Plouffe has “seemed to move past the president’s economic team as a lead behind-the-scenes voice,” according to Politico.
Today’s headlines screaming about Obama’s call for trillions in cuts are just what his political squad wants in their efforts to deny the GOP its favorite rallying cry against Obama, that he is a big spending, big government neo-Socialist. Some will vote against the package to deny him the chance, even if it includes entitlement reforms they have long wanted.
You’d think the White House would be afraid of undercutting its political base with these whispers of the president backing Social Security cuts and up to $400 billion in Medicare and Medicaid savings.
But a cynical fact Obama campaigners well know is that their core voters have nowhere else to go. No serious or even unserious Democratic challengers are emerging to complicate his party nomination. And these voters won’t be suddenly turning Republican for the general election.
With his left-leaning supporters grounded, Obama is free to take wing toward the right. This is bad news for the left and the right.