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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

NW-Res Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 12:01 AM
Phd, it's Obama's fault because he instructs old Harry on what to do. Harry Reed is an ex-boxer who has been punched in the head a dozen or so times too many. All he is now is BO's puppet. BO DOES NOT WANT A BUDGET. If it was Bush's fault that spending was out of hand during his years in the WH, Then it is Obama's fault that there hasn't been a budget during his presidency.

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...