President Barack Obama seems to have abandoned his left base in order to rule in a bipartisan manner. In this essay, I suggest that his strategy has not been to govern from the center, even if that is the result of his strategy. Instead, by focusing attention on his conflicts with the Right he has managed to make his left base acquiescent, while illuminating the intransigence of his right opposition. In short, he has chosen the enemy he wants.
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Thomas L. Dumm; The Enemy He Wants. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2011; 110 (1): 252–258. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-2010-034
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