is the room it will allow to go left. If the battle is all about who gets the center, then the drive on our side is to compromise to retain them. However if the right really steps out of that battle by going hard right, then it becomes the center that we can take for granted.
It seems that Obama (correctly) took my vote as a given in this campaign, and spent his time and money elsewhere, mostly getting the minority vote to the polls. This I think is a very good thing.