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September 21, 2011

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Obama sparks middle-of-road rage

By GLENN THRUSH | 9/21/11 4:32 AM EDT

The moderate elite isn’t, by definition, an angry bunch, but President Barack Obama’s pivot from calibrated centrism to soak-the-rich liberal populism has tapped a vein of middle-of-the-road rage and centrist angst.

Over the past two weeks, Obama has convincingly channeled FDR, winning over suspicious liberals, even if many suspect he will eventually return to his old, compromising ways.

Yet to a small, but influential cadre of moderates, it’s political apostasy — an Obama-led return to the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s, when tax-hiking liberals drove the Democratic Party to the powerless margins of politics.

And to some higher-minded moderates, led by New York Times columnist David Brooks, Obama is sacrificing his 2008 vision of a post-partisan presidency and purple national map on the altar of Democratic base politics.

“President Obama is basically tearing apart his own coalition,” said Mark Penn, former top strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and a pollster for President Bill Clinton who prodded the White House to the right after the disastrous 1994 midterms.

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