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For Obama, a restless base

By Ben Pershing
Are liberals growing restless with President Obama?

This week alone, the president has announced a troop surge in Afghanistan that was greeted tepidly by fellow Democrats; the Senate health-care bill's public option is likely to be watered down even further; and the White House convened a job summit amid complaints that he hasn't done enough to address unemployment. Add it all up, and you have a Democratic base for whom nothing is going quite right. The question for Obama is whether events in the coming months -- enactment of a health-care bill, further signs of an economic rebound -- can sufficiently reassure liberal activists so they feel motivated to work for Democratic candidates in advance of a tough midterm election.

The New York Times looks at Obama's intraparty problems, writing that his Afghanistan decision "is straining a relationship already struggling under the weight of an administration agenda that some Democratic lawmakers fear is placing them in a politically vulnerable position." On the campaign front, Politico writes that Obama's Afghanistan strategy "has complicated an already hazardous political landscape and introduced a highly combustible element into scores of House and Senate races." Democratic candidates now face a choice: Back Obama's plan and possibly anger their liberal base, or oppose it and irritate both the president and at least some general election voters.

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By Ben Pershing  |  December 4, 2009; 8:28 AM ET
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Whatever Obama intends on doing in the future regarding jobs and the economy should not add to the deficit.

The only saying that the Democrats stand for "tax and spend" is becoming frightingly factual!

Posted by: mwhoke | December 4, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | December 4, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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