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But criticizing Democrats and Republicans simultaneously isn't "triangulating" anymore than standing on the middle-point of a line segment creates a triangle.

Here's triangulator-in-chief Dick Morris. "Triangulate, create a third position, not just in between the old positions of the two parties but above them as well. Identify a new course that accommodates the needs the Republicans address but do it in a way that is uniquely yours."

That's not what happened this week. This week, Republicans demanded a bunch of things, Obama OKed many of them, provided a few Democratic priorities got thrown in to the mix, and the GOP agreed. Then Democrats and Obama got into a fight because they didn't think he drove a hard enough bargain. He disagreed.

Triangulating would have looked a bit more like this: "My conservative friends say we need to give rich people a permanent tax cut. My liberal critics want to raise their taxes now. Both are wrong. But their bickering is a symptom of our broken tax system, and I won't sign any legislation until Congress passes comprehensive tax reform modeled on the proposal put forth by the chairmen of my fiscal commission."

That would've been crazy. But also, triangulating.