Carol Platt Liebau
Some wishful types are arguing that President Obama's tax cut deal -- which has managed to anger his base among the left -- is going to help him by somehow positioning him in the middle and winning him a second look from independents.

Of course, that argument would be more plausible if (1) President Obama hadn't petulantly announced that he was unhappy with the tax cut deal -- which will make it more difficult for him to take credit if it works; (2) if he didn't already have one enormous liberal behemoth (ObamaCare) to defend; and (3) if his administration weren't already advocating tons of hard-left policies in areas ranging from terrorism to illegal immigration.

Clinton was able to triangulate and win a second look from independents because (1) his base was moderate -- he was from the DLC wing of the Democrat party, not a former senator with a voting record to the left of Ted Kennedy's and socialist Bernie Sander's; and (2) he had experience working and talking with people to his right, who didn't always agree with him.

In contrast, Obama is from the far-left of his party, and throughout his life -- whether in Hawaii, overseas, California, Manhattan, Cambridge or Chicago -- he's swum only in seas of liberals.  He doesn't understand the middle, and often gives the impression that he doesn't much like it.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.