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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

Bonsall Billy Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 1:16 PM
By "large number", you mean eight? How did you characterize it in 2010 when Republicans gained 63 seats? I suppose you also use the term "Tea Baggers" in the interests of civility.

It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it. As Republicans see things, that's what President Obama is doing in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

In private conversation, some in the GOP appear a little sheepish about the fact that they once took the president seriously. Even though he had the upper hand after winning re-election, they thought he genuinely wanted to avoid going over the cliff and would negotiate in good faith. Then Obama sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill with a thumb-in-the-eye offer, and Republicans got the message.

In subsequent days, Obama has not...