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September 19, 2011
…though it came close to happening, the ‘grand bargain’ ultimately fell apart. Twice. The collapse of that deal taught them two things: Boehner doesn’t have the internal support in his caucus to strike a grand bargain with them, and the American people don’t give points for effort.
Ezra Klein • Breaking down the President’s new debt reduction deal, which he views as an admission by the Obama administration that their bargain-first instincts have been misguided. Not to say that such a strategy is suddenly unpleasant to Obama — his willingness to field GOP ideas has been a staple of his presidency to date. However, Klein’s example of the debt-ceiling “grand bargain” that wasn’t is quite apt; polling did indeed indicate that voters viewed Obama as the more reasonable negotiator, but that can be cold comfort when considering the presidency, a position that demands the highest level of leadership. As a result, Obama’s new deficit plan is less conciliatory, as he didn’t propose raising Medicare’s eligibility age, and has said he’ll veto any bill that cuts Medicare benefits while preserving the status-quo for America’s richest citizens. source (via • follow)
16:34 // 2 years ago
July 11, 2011
"Let’s step up. Let’s do it. I’m prepared to take significant heat from my party to get things done.”
11:24 // 2 years ago