When the president says he believes that he shares "many of the same goals" and "good will" with the Democrats, he is probably right about many Democrats, but not about the dominant forces in the party over the last two or three decades. Their "goal" is for themselves to be endlessly reelected, and they cannot conceive of his "good will." The Clintons, Pelosi and others of their ilk do not really believe in the economic model of Bush and Ronald Reagan, though they have benefited from it. They do not recognize growth economics. What is more they do not recognize the threats to our national security and that force is the ultimate way to defend America. They believe in chatter at the United Nations and in some sort of world consensus that is utterly delusory.
But the president does believe in growth economics and in national security. He is going to give collegiality another try. But when he sees the Democratic leadership foisting on him policies that have already failed, I do not believe that he will accept them. It is, after all, his legacy that they will be tarnishing. More importantly, it is our country that they will be endangering.
Yet I may be overly optimistic. I think this is a resolute president with a grasp of policy, but maybe I am wrong. If so he must surely know this. The Republican base, now so apprehensive about his reaching out to the Democrats, has been the dominant voice in Republican politics for years. It is a major force in the country, if not the major force. It will not go along with what it calls "sell out."