Digby Hammers Obama for Praising Reagan.
The post is brilliant (especially the part about can you imagine Reagan saying "...").
However, it includes one really dumb line which I want to jump on --"adopting hot button conservative issues like social security."
No Digby. Non conservatives can not agree that "social security" is a conservative hot button. Social Security is the third rail, the holly grail. We absolutely can't let it be their issue. Also, of course, it isn't. I mean it is the rail on which they electrocuted themselves remember ?
Now Obama has a proposal to strengthen social security that would actually strengthen it rather than dismantle it piece by piece. This is a very powerful political weapon.
Arguing that he is over-emphasizing the seriousness of the problem of the actuarial soundness of the SSA pension and disability trust fund (0.1 on a scale from 1 to 10 of problems the USA faces) is missing the point. This is a campaign. This is politics. You promise to give people what they want, in this case a pension. The fact that it will be easy is an advantage not a problem.
The main point of the post, you don't seize the day by playing safe, is absolutely correct and very important.