States elect presidents via the Electoral College, and new polls give President Obama the lead in three big ones.
… But their relationship was severely strained after Mr. Boehner abandoned their budget talks in July, came back and then walked out a second time. And after what the White House saw as a third strike this month – Mr. Boehner’s humiliating public rejection of Mr. Obama’s requested date for an address to a joint session of Congress – the Obama team called Mr. Boehner out.
From New York Times – Obama Draws New Hard Line on Long-Term Debt Reduction – September 20, 2011
By MICHAEL FALCONE and AMY WALTER – March 14, 2011
Just like that, President Obama finds himself in the midst of one of the most challenging periods of his presidency — and it could get a lot worse.
At home, the White House faces an ongoing debate over how to fund the government, how much to cut and which side — Democrats or Republicans — are going to blink first on the looming issue of entitlement reform.
Both parties on Friday seemed to come to an agreement on a three-week continuing resolution that would keep the government open while cutting about $6 billion. It would continue to fund the government when the current stop-gap bill expires on March 18.
The name given to the act of a political candidate presenting his or her ideology as being “above” and “between” the “left” and “right” sides (or “wings”) of a traditional (e.g. UK or US) democratic “political spectrum”. It involves adopting for oneself some of the ideas of one’s political opponent (or apparent opponent). The logic behind it is that it both takes credit for the opponent’s ideas, and insulates the triangulator from attacks on that particular issue. Opponents of triangulation, who believe in a fundamental “left” and “right”, consider the dynamic a deviation from its “reality” and dismiss those that strive for it as whimsical.
Obama: Triangulation 2.0?
Published on Monday, January 24, 2011 by The Nation by Ari Berman
Immediately following the Democrats’ 2010 electoral shellacking, a broad spectrum of pundits urged President Obama to “pull a Clinton,” in the words of Politico: move to the center (as if he wasn’t already there), find common ground with the GOP and adopt the “triangulation” strategy employed by Bill Clinton after the Democratic setback in the 1994 midterms. “Is ‘triangulation’ just another word for the politics of the possible?” asked the New York Times. “Can Obama do a Clinton?” seconded The Economist. And so on. The Obama administration, emphatic in charting its own course, quickly took issue with the comparison. According to the Times, Obama went so far as to ban the word “triangulation” inside the White House. Politico called the phrase “the dirtiest word in politics.”
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WASHINGTON (AP) — On a single day filled with staggering sums, the Obama administration, Federal Reserve and Senate attacked the deepening economic crisis Tuesday with actions that could throw as much as $3 trillion more in government and private funds into the fight against frozen credit markets and rising joblessness.