A new Gallup poll says as many Americans prefer an "activist" government as prefer a "basic services" government, with about 40 percent supporting each, but that an outright majority of Americans think the current government is too activist.
And, that's the botched story line.
Between the current administration not always being that activist, botching some activism, and trimming other activism for political reasons, the story line of Obama's degree of activism has gotten badly mangled. In terms of appealing to moderates, is it too late? And, how does Dear Leader do that without further alienating people who identify as true progressives yet are still attached to him?
It won't be easy, that's for sure.