By William K. Black
Slate’s John Dickerson leads its (and CBS’) political reportage so his specialty is in examining what is actually driving politicians’ policies and their efforts to “spin” those policies. Dickerson authored an article entitled “Why Obama’s Outreach to Republicans is All About Obama” (March 12, 2013).
Dickerson’s theme is one I have long emphasized: Obama is driven by concerns for his “legacy.” In more human terms, he is intensely vain about how history will perceive him. That is common, particularly in politicians’ final terms, and it can be a positive influence on policy. Dickerson also agrees with my warnings that Obama sees inflicting the “Grand Bargain” on the Nation as his means of achieving his legacy. Here is Dickerson’s introduction to his article. Continue reading