Political Geometry: Obama's Art of Triangulation

Criticized from the left and the right, the president may be exactly where he wanted to be

Friday, May 22, 2009

President Obama delivered a strong speech on national security yesterday. And then, so did former Vice President Dick Cheney, who harshly critcized the current commander in chief. Meanwhile the liberal wing of the Democratic party is lambasting Obama as well. Pitting the extremes against each other while sliding through the middle -- "triangulation" -- is a political strategy that former President Bill Clinton came to rely on. Peter Baker, White House correspondent for The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to discuss how Obama seems to be developing a triangulation strategy of his own.

For more, read Peter Baker's article, Obama Faces Pitfalls With ‘Surgical’ Tack on Detainees, in the New York Times.


Peter Baker

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