The Loneliest Number

by John Derbyshire

Will Obama’s tax deal win him credit with voters as a “move to the center”? I think Charles Hurt nails the answer in America’s Newspaper of Record this morning:

Ask yourself this question: How many people do you know who voted for Obama in 2008 but now express regret about the vote or reservations about his leadership? Probably plenty.

Now ask yourself this: How many people do you know who voted against Obama in 2008 but have since been won over?

Probably not a single one.

All that math adds up to a very lonely number: One, as in One Term.