One senior Obama adviser says the administration "To Do list" after 2012 included thinking "about how you lock in the Obama coalition for Democrats going forward. Because it's not a 100 percent certainty that they come out for the next Democrat." Part of the answer, the adviser said, was to pursue aggressive unilateral action on "a set of issues where we have an advantage … and believe are substantively the right thing to do" and dare Republicans to oppose him.In one fell swoop that knocks out two recent narratives coming from D.C. pundits:
- That Democrats should focus on winning back white working class voters. Really, people...talk about going backwards. That is exactly the dynamic that played out in the 2008 primary against Hillary Clinton and the general election against McCain. Take a look at who won!
- The more recent narrative that President Obama's executive actions are simply a reaction to the Democratic losses in the 2014 midterms. As I pointed out before, they have all been in the works for at least 1-2 years.
As we've seen so often in the past from this President, he isn't buying in to the fear-mongering about those awful Republicans and the threat they pose. As any Aikido master would do, he's stepping right into the center of the conflict and daring his opponent to oppose him. He knows that the white male patriarchy is simply lashing out in its death throes - and that the best way to defeat them is to expose their game.
I understand that most D.C. pundits aren't ever going to understand a strategy like that. But make no mistake, President Obama knows exactly what he's doing! He's going all-in on this country moving forward.