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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

Stan306 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 1:45 AM
Work comes early... I leave you in the capable hands of Clarity...
clarityseeker2 Wrote: Dec 11, 2012 1:52 AM
Pardon me, Stan, I am no babysitter. Someone else may be capable of "handling" and changing diapers of this child, PhDisconnectedRealities".

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...