Obama won the stimulus package, which was passed in a perfectly partisan way. I want to note a couple things about his leadership style.
Obama is doing what a strong leader does. Stay connected. State what you believe. Listen respectfully. He understands that the primary way to defeat slackers, freeloaders and complainers is to listen to those who are honest and trustworthy.
For example, by inviting leaders over for cocktails, by simply addressing the Republicans, contacting foreign leaders, appointing special envoys, Obama demonstrates courage and respect. The community organizer’s rule is there are no permanent enemies. He should know that he is not going to get Republicans to back him. It is enough if he simply creates a culture where work gets done.
Republicans seem to be digging their own grave. Obama’s popularity has been increasing over the country. By telling Citi not to purchase a personal jet, by speaking directly to the common concerns of the people, chastising the elite for their entitlements, he’s conveying to the voters that he cares and he’s in charge.