Ed Kilgore notes Gallup's latest findings that "85% of self-identified 'moderate Democrats' give the president a positive assessment. 79% of self-identified 'conservative Democrats' do so as well ... And overall, 60% of self-identified 'moderates' (including Democrats, independents and Republicans) give Obama a positive job rating."
Kilgore cites these stats to refute the conventional wisdom that Obama "is representing the hard-core lefty activist 'base' of the Democratic Party, shunning the moderates who want him to cut deals with the GOP to promote growth through 'entitlement reform.' "
He omits the job-approval stat from self-identified "liberal Democrats," which is 89 percent, the highest of all the ideological categories (there are 12) listed by Gallup--which raises an interesting circumstance.
If moderate/conservative Dems in Congress were somehow able to force negotiations that did require Obama to honor his stated willingness to enact entitlement reform, he'd likely lose a vast amount of support from his strongest base. Therefore GOP intransigence just might be the best thing (politically) he has going for him at the moment.