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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

Harold15 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 5:04 AM
I'm not sure I trust the TEA party any more than I do the Republicans. The TEA party was supposed to be an independent grassroots movement. During the election they showed themselves to be just another GOP mouthpiece. The seem to have joined the Republican establishment.

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...