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Kibitzer Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:32 PM
"A president interested in governing would not insist on getting his way 100 percent. Whether Obama is such a president is far from clear." It is absolutely clear that Obama insists on getting his way, and has no interest in even listening to much less compromising with any with opinions different from his.

To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference on Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.

His point blank refusal to negotiate over the debt ceiling was clearly designed to make the House Republicans look bad.

But Obama knows very well that negotiations usually accompany legislation to increase the government's debt limit. As Gordon Gray of the conservative American Action Network points out, most of the 17 increases in the debt ceiling over the last 20 years have been part of broader...