Given today’s blogospheric debate on “triangulation,” and whether President Obama is now practicing it, Ben Smith of Politico figured he would ask the original strategist of triangulation, Dick Morris, for his view.Morris emails that in his view, Obama’s not triangulating:
Clinton never embraced policies he opposed. He supported welfare reform, the balanced budget, anticrime measures like guaranteed sentences. His agreements with the GOP were all designed to achieve what he wanted as part of his agenda.
Obama is embracing centrist positions he opposes (no tax hike on the wealthy) as a result of not being able to make his positions work in the Senate. There is a big difference between moving to the center and fleeing to the center.