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Some see President Barack Obama’s recent declarations on immigration and gay marriage as bold political steps by an incumbent whose record of leadership is, at best, spotty.
Others see such ploys as risky business in a political environment where strong stances polarize voters both for and against a candidate.
But Obama is trying anything — we say again “anything” — to divert attention in this year’s election away from a stagnant economy that could easily end his presidency at one term.
Many Democrats admit the economy is Obama’s biggest albatross in his bid to remain in the White House for another four years. It doesn’t matter if presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney can come up with an economic plan that sells to voters or not. Polls show widespread dissatisfaction with Obama’s lackluster record on economic issues and doubt that he can solve the nation’s fiscal ills and jobless woes.
So it makes sense to try and divert attention away from the economy and towards issues that force Romney to stand by the right-wing issues of his party — a strong stand against same-sex marriages and an attitude towards immigration that alienates the rapidly-growing block of Hispanic voters.
Risky strategy or deft political move?
We will find out in November.