In a recent column called Obama's Conscience
,Â Mona Charen says that the President is too ideological to move right—as Bill Clinton did after 1994—in order to win reelection.
"Obama likes to win, too, of course. But he is so ideological, so deeply marinated in leftism (he picked up the false accusation about the Chamber of Commerce, for example, from a left-wing website), that asking him to compromise with Republicans may well cause a system crash. Though he now acknowledges that "there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects," he continues to see his presidency in such empyrean terms (and his opponents as so lacking in good faith) that compromise seems remote."
In effect, what she's saying is that he'd rather be wrong than president.