Robert Axelrod quoted in Wall Street Journal article about White House confrontation tactics

March 30, 2010

In a Wall Street Journal article, “Obama Steps Up Confrontation,” Robert Axelrod explains President Obama’s recently aggressive tack with Republicans as ‘classic game theory.’ Since the passage of the recent health care bill, the White House has taken a decidedly aggressive tone with opponents in an effort to rally supporters claims the article. Confrontation is sometimes necessary when cooperation breaks down to present a credible potential threat and get the two sides to re-engage, Axelrod told the WSJ.