Obama Turns to Liberal Base in 2010 Election's Final Push

President tries to rev up liberal Democrats as Election Day approaches.

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The White House apparently is gambling that the November elections will be a battle of the bases—hard-core conservatives versus hard-core liberals—with most other Americans sitting on the sidelines. If that's the case, going with the current strategy of trying to energize Democrats makes sense. But there is a danger. If the attacks on the chamber and other Democratic villains seem like inside-Washington game-playing that is irrelevant to most people's concerns, such as unemployment, then Obama might seem out of touch and the Democrats will probably suffer big losses across the country.

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