First: Denounce your presidential predecessor for a given policy, energizing your party’s base and capitalizing on his abiding unpopularity. Second: Pretend to have reversed that policy upon taking office with a symbolic act or high-profile statement. Third: Adopt a version of that same policy, knowing that it’s the only way to govern responsibly or believing that doing otherwise is too difficult. Repeat as necessary.That's a pretty accurate, concise analysis, and he gives some good examples. Little did Lowry know, but Obama decided to provide him with yet another example on the very day he put up the article, making a big deal about no longer using the term "enemy combatant." As the Washington Post notes,
Though dropping the term "enemy combatant" will have little practical effect, it is a symbolic move by the Obama administration to break with the past.Looks like Lowry has Obama's modus operandi down cold.