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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

grannykk Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 11:16 AM
Obama doesn't want to negotiate. No matter what the Republicans propose, he'll be against it. This President is such a fraud. rgama, you are very wrong....the Republicans are the party looking out for America. The democrats want us to look like European Socialist countries. The Republicans should put together their package, submit it for a vote, and leave it in the laps of the democrats who will have to bear the responsibility for whatever action they take.

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...