My post yesterday flowered into a full-blown column for the Baltimore Sun today, in which I concede that America is a center-right nation--but not, however, in the way you might think. This much is for sure: Tomorrow night is a big moment for the President. And Obama should come out with guns ablazing. Hope, bipartisanship, compromise and listening are great while campaigning as a presidential candidate. But this is governing by the President of the United States and, more specifically, presidential governing within a political system and during a partisan era in which truly progressive reforms will always need to clear more and higher hurdles...as this President--of all presidents--ought to know.Howie P.S.: Eugene Robinson advises "Obama can't create change with words alone":
It doesn't matter whether Obama speaks in a loud voice. What's important is that he speak in a clear voice, a definitive voice. When he draws a line in the sand -- about health care, jobs, energy, whatever -- he should do everything in his power to defend that line, even if it means bruised feelings and ruffled feathers.
In the end, voters will respect Obama's accomplishments, not his aspirations. They will reward his passion, not his polish. It's fine for the president to tell Americans that he's fighting on their behalf, as long as he remembers that what they really want is not so much for him to fight but to win.