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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

ThasicAlambra Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 9:29 PM
Some fights need fighting, even if they can't be won. That is called integrity and honor and courage. Traits our erstwhile politicians on both sides of the aisle have never even heard.

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...