On the other hand, his political folks like David Plouffe and Bill Daley want him to pursue pragmatic, passable policies like free trade deals and better protections for patent-holders. Supposedly the premise is that these issues appeal to independent voters. This can't possibly be real. If there's an independent, undecided voter out there who will tip towards Obama because he gets a free trade deal with Korea passed in the next year, please show him to us.*****Mr. Plouffe and Mr. Daley share the view that a focus on deficit reduction is an economic and political imperative, according to people who have spoken with them. Voters believe that paying down the debt will help the economy, and the White House agrees, although it wants to avoid cutting too much spending while the economy remains weak.So basically, they want Obama to be more Republican, as if a voter, whose chief concern about the deficit is ever going to vote for Obama.*****Perhaps the most worrisome part is that there doesn't seem to be anyone at The White House who really grasps the magnitude of the economic problem (and by that, we're mostly talking about joblessness) who also has a clear idea how to address it.