December 18, 2012
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
The President Negotiates With Himself (ANDREW ROSENTHAL, 12/18/12, NY Times)
In the absence of any ideas or ideology of his own, he just wants to be told what to do. Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2012 3:52 PMWe have seen this so many times in the past four years that I certainly hope President Obama is not falling for it again.Take a problem, any problem--economic meltdown, debt ceiling, rising deficits, you name it--which Republicans and Democrats are supposed to resolve through negotiation. Mr. Obama says he is ready to talk, and makes an initial offer that includes concessions to right-wing demands. Then he offers more concessions.Republicans also claim they're ready to talk, and maybe in private they offer compromises (like we're told John Boehner did over the debt ceiling in 2010). But in public they stand firm on their positions, stick to their rhetorical talking points and brush back whatever the president suggests as not enough.Eventually they meet somewhere around the president's 20-yard line.It's happening again, right now, in the fiscal cliff talks.
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