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Surprise: McConnell Offers Vote on Obama/Geithner Fiscal Cliff Plan, Reid Objects

Ress Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:06 PM
Negotiating strategy 101, courtesy of Marx & Lenin. 1. Obama, with the wholehearted support of the useful idiot media, uncompromisingly and obnoxiously demands twice what he actually wants. 2. The GOP, having convinced itself of Obama's intransigence, thinks it can safely impress the public with its reasonableness by offering to meet half way. 3. Surprise -- Obama calls the bluff and graciously accepts "half a loaf" (which is all he really wanted anyway). 4. And the Stupid Party is suckered for the 900th time, and is complicit in screwing the taxpayers for the 900th time.
psydoc Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 7:11 PM
The only problem with that scenario, Ress, is that the negotiations went through steps 1 & 2; however, Ø did not graciously accept, he rejected Boneheads offer to provide $800 bil in increased grubrmnt tax revenue cause it was not in the form of a tax on the wealthy.

I do agree that republicans have been taken to the cleaners far too often with offers of "future" cuts, though.
byeBarry Wrote: Dec 05, 2012 6:06 PM

I've been critical of Republican tactics and messaging this week, so let's give credit where it's due: Moments ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor and offered an immediate vote on President Obama's fiscal cliff plan, which shocked the Beltway late last week.  (In case you're keeping score at home, this was the surreal proposal that induced McConnell to laugh out loud as it was outlined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner).  Harry Reid quickly objected and shut the whole thing down, labeling the suggestion a "stunt."  Think about that.  The President of the United States,...