UNLIKE virtually everyone else, especially those on the Left and the Right, I see Obama's compromise over unemployement benefits/no tax hikes as a p.r. victory for him. He's speaking not to politicians and pundits, but over their heads to the general public. Republicans achieve a tactical victory, but make a strategic mistake. They once again give the impression that beyond their rhetoric, what they care about most is rich people. Obama is allowed to come out in defense of the poor, while rocking no boats among the powerful.