Schoen: Obama Re-election Strategy — 'Think I'm Bad? They're Worse!'

Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 08:48 AM

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President Barack Obama has adopted a new strategy for his re-election bid that can be summed up in five words: "Think I'm bad? They're worse!" Political strategist and author Douglas Schoen writes in an Op-Ed on Fox News that the president has abandoned all efforts to “seek accommodation with the Republicans.”

“The president in his Rose Garden speech made it abundantly clear that he will be aligning himself with the left wing of the Democratic Party going forward — a faction which has previously accused him of selling out to the Republicans,” he wrote. “There will be no more grand bargains, no more efforts to reach broad accommodations on tax reform, on reforming entitlements, on cutting defense, and putting together a fiscal plan for our nation's future.

“Rather, the president has doubled down on tax increases, made it clear that he is going to focus on class warfare, refused to take on Social Security, and indicated that he would do only the most modest type of entitlement reform possible — funded entirely by taxes on the wealthy.”

Obama is calculating that, although the public has little confidence in him, it has even less confidence in who might be the GOP standard-bearer.

“Moreover, the president is effectively setting up a campaign where he will say ‘Think I'm bad? They're worse!’”

The president hopes that “independents will be more put off by the Republicans than they will be his newly populous rhetoric, which will lead him to win the same sort of victory that he did in 2008, but with a mobilized constituency on the left and a disillusioned center that begrudgingly returns to him because of antipathy to the right, rather than any empathy Independents many not have or develop with his policies,” Schoen writes.

Schoen concludes that this is a “discouraging set of circumstances which makes clear . . . that there is a broad center in America that is frustrated and unrepresented, and that the American people are looking for clear alternatives to the two major parties and to their likely standard bearers.”

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