federal deficit that is exploding as the nation throws money at its economic problems, sure to crimp Obama’s ability to spend his way to solutions.
Obama has a largely liberal voting record and owes a debt to the left wing of the Democratic Party, which mobilized millions on his behalf.
But Obama also appealed to the broader electorate as a pragmatist who pledged virtually party-blind government.
Matt Bennett of the group Third Way said that Obama is for centrist ideas such as middle-class tax cuts and seems likely to wait on contentious goals such as overhauling the U.S. health care system.
"We do believe him when he says he’s a moderate,” Bennett said. "We think that’s how he’s going to govern.”