Obama's Move to the Center Is Just a Ploy Krauthammer: He needs to get re-elected to push 'socialist' agenda By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Dec 31, 2010 12:07 PM CST 55 comments Comments Charles Krauthammer says that President Obama is using regulation to usurp Congressional power and instill his radical, leftist agenda. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (Newser) – President Obama's so-called shift to the center is all just for show, writes Charles Krauthammer. "Now, as always, his heart lies left." Obama still plans to complete his "socialist-democratic transformation," but first he's got to get around the Republican House. Not a big problem: What he and the Democrats can't accomplish through legislation, they'll do through "administrative fiat," he writes in the Washington Post. Witness the recent flurry on everything from end-of-life counseling (i.e. death panels), anti-carbon regulations, and the designation of "wild lands"—all of which are "defiantly liberal regulatory moves." Those were accomplished quietly, through the president's regulatory powers. When it comes to legislation, look for Obama to make "ostentatious displays" of bipartisanship over the next two years, just enough to get him re-elected. Then he can plow ahead with his liberal agenda, "freed from the need for pretense."