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Labor unions and liberal interest groups are going all-out for President Barack Obama’s reelection — but they’re just as ready to turn that firepower back on him if he betrays them with a grand bargain.
These groups fear a victorious Obama would ink a deal with Republicans during the fiscal cliff negotiations that slashes entitlement benefits. And that could hurt the very coalition of voters — minorities, women and low- and middle-income families — that would claim credit for his second term. Even as they turn out the vote in public to keep Obama in office, in private they’re plotting a strategy aimed at pressuring him to protect those who reelected him.
This story from Politico suggests that Obama could become a turncoat if re-elected !!!
...the big unknown is where Obama would draw the line once he plunges into the give-and-take of congressional deal making.
Progressive activists say they’re reasonably confident that the president won’t compromise on ending the upper-income tax cuts. It’s the entitlements that worry them. They want him to stick more closely to the deficit-reduction plan he released in September 2011 that didn’t go as aggressively after savings from beneficiaries.
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Republicans are likely to retain control of the House, and with it the power to derail or approve large items on the president’s agenda, such as immigration reform. They will demand major fixes to entitlement programs and a renewal of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthiest Americans.
It suggests that CONGRESS could try to heavy-handedly (like a schoolyard BULLY) FORCE him to compromise. Labor unions (and other voters) are fully behind Obama, but intend to hold him accountable and responsible to follow through and not cave in to a "deal" by shrieking, greedy Republicans.