E.J. Dionne on "Meet The Press" spoke for many moderate and liberal independent and Democratic voters when he said the president needed to give the American people some indication that he would fight for something.
President Barack Obama could start by taking some of former Reagan OMB director David Stockman's advice. He can veto any bill that extends the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (as he suggested today on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" and he can defend the deficit commission's spending cut proposals (entitlement cuts as well as defense budget cuts from the Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The former would help him with the liberal base; the latter with moderates.
No we cannot afford the middle class tax cuts, let a lone the tax cuts for the rich and he should, at minimum, threaten (and follow through on the threat) to veto any bill that extends the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Yes we do need to raise the retirement age for social security. Yes, Congress should increase the payroll tax and probably establish a procedure for means testing both entitlement programs, social security and medicare.