I know a lot of people have already discussed this New York Times article but this one passage truly scared me. From the NYT:
The issue is being framed by the 2012 election. Administration officials, frustrated by the intransigence of House Republicans, have increasingly concluded that the best thing Mr. Obama can do for the economy may be winning a second term, with a mandate to advance his ideas on deficit reduction, entitlement changes, housing policy and other issues.
I don’t want any one President of either party to have a mandate for “entitlement changes.” The American people have been very clear in poll after poll that they don’t want Medicare or Social Security benefits cuts. I can think of few political/policy outcomes I would find more horrifying than having a Democrat in the White House claiming he was elected with a mandate to cut our social safety net.
Talk of getting a mandate for “entitlement changes” would imply he is actually planning to campaign on this horrible idea and than push even harder for cuts after he is re-elected.
It is almost as if the Obama campaign is going out of its way to make progressives not want to support Obama in 2012.