President Obama has "handled his presidential image with the same dexterity he showed as a candidate," writes E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post. "His outreach to Republicans has been popular because a streak of anti-partisanship has run through the American soul since the founding of the republic."
But this also presents a problem, Dionne says. "If achieving bipartisanship takes priority over the actual content of policy, Republicans are handed a powerful weapon. In theory, they can keep moving the bipartisan bar indefinitely. And each concession to their sensibilities threatens the solidarity in the president’s own camp."
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