The new Washington Monthly features a colloquy on what President Obama should say in his 2011 State of the Union address to revive his political fortunes. My contribution argues that, to win back the independent and moderate voters, President Obama should 1) lead the nation, not just his party; 2) seize the political initiative with an ambitious plan for rebuilding America's productive might; and, 3) keep probing for common ground even as he defends his accomplishments from Tea Party assaults. I sketch such a plan here and would be interested in your reactions and suggestions. [http://bit.ly/gRKcXJ]
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