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Bill Clinton Visit to White House: Is Obama Borrowing His 'Triangulation' Strategy?

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Could President Obama, in his tax compromise with Republicans, be borrowing a page from the book of Bill Clinton, who had some triumphs working with the GOP in Congress during his presidency?

Suspicions that Obama is headed toward a "triangulation" strategy grew Friday with word that the 42nd president is due at the White House for a meeting with the 44th. The term triangulation is attributed to onetime Clinton aide Dick Morris, who counseled working with the GOP after the 1994 Republican Revolution swept the GOP into power in the House and Senate after Clinton's rocky first two years in office. Clinton subsequently had his ups and downs with the opposition party -- remember the Christmas season impeachment? -- but also had some successes, albeit often with modest, tidy programs.

President Obama, former President Bill Clinton in July 2010As with the current tax deal, in the 1990s congressional Democrats complained they were often the third leg on the stool when Clinton made his deals with majority Republicans.

The White House denies that anything similar is going on as Republicans march toward a new majority in the House next year.

"Triangulation as I understand it is an intentional political strategy to win favor with swing voters by pushing off the left. That's not what the president is doing and that's not our strategy," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told Politico. "We want to convince all Democrats to support this [tax] deal, because we think it is good for the economy and good for the middle and working class."

No details are available on the Obama-Clinton agenda Friday. Morris, by the way, is now an author, Fox News commentator and arch-critic of the Obama administration.

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gsgtny

Surely, no one could be fooled by Obama's current position. He has managed to get another stimulus, an opportunity to play the adult in the room, $$$$$ billions more to sink into his special interest "green" energy giveaways, and cover to blame the Republicans when the economy stays mired in molasses. He hasn't changed a hair on his head. His only interest in the size of the debt is to keep it afloat until he has transferred as much as humanly possible from those who earned it to those who did not. He no longer needs the legislature to complete his takeover of the American economy. What he hasn't gained control of in the financial and healthcare bills, he plans to confiscate through the agencies. He has the EPA and Interior expanding his inefficient "green" agenda, the FCC going after control of the internet, the FBI wiretapping phones and emails without warrants, Fannie/Freddie reducing principals on performing mortgages at taxpayer expense, the FDA controlling ALL food production and imports, and the DHS implementing his stealth amnesty. I shutter to think how much he has managed to give away under the U.N. climate initiative. It astounds me how far afield the pundits are in assessing the situation. The group showing itself to be the most idiotic is his base, the "intelligensia". Maybe they can quote Keynes, but they are clueless on real world economics. They are now quoting the multiplier effect of unemployment insurance as high as $1 creating $2 in GDP. Were that even remotely true, we should fire more people and continue unemployment for eternity!!! Velocity of money is NOT the same thing as creating investment to grow GDP. I only hope the Republicans will come to their senses and reject this second trillion dollar stimulus and green energy giveaway. I know I can count on the Dems to stupidly continue their opposition.

December 10 2010 at 8:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bonbon

If you cannot run the country without having meetings and having former presidents tell you what to do then you shouldn't have been running for president in the first place!

December 10 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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sseted

You think W never sought advice from his father?

December 10 2010 at 6:47 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Kenneth

Clinton to Obama. "You thought this job would be easy"

December 10 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

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