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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:17 PM

GOP looks to fight Dems, not negotiate with Obama

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Source: AP


BY BY JIM KUHNHENN


WASHINGTON (AP) — At the start of a second presidential term, cutting a secret, late-night fiscal deal with the White House on the phone and with a handshake suddenly seems so yesterday.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has declared there will be no more brinkmanship and no more last-minute deals. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, last year’s Republican vice presidential nominee, says it’s all about “prudence.”

What’s in, for the moment at least, is a more deliberative legislative process. That could mean less drama like the New Year’s deal that averted the once-dreaded “fiscal cliff.”

The reasons for this turn are fundamentally political. Republicans are less interested in battling a re-elected Obama, with his higher popularity ratings, than they are in confronting Senate Democrats.

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/28/gop_looks_to_fight_dems_not_negotiate_with_obama/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:24 PM

1. Ryan said the sequester will happen

because the Democrats won't let them replace cuts to the military budget with other cuts.... I think he may be the most immoral person in the House...

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:31 PM

2. Their plan is still to wreck the economy...

They know a wrecked economy bolsters their chances in 2016. We get caught up on demographics, but the Democrats are going to be at a disadvantage in four years. Obama won because he's Obama ... not just because the demographics favored him. He's a likable incumbent who most Americans felt at least satisfied with in the Oval Office. Most incumbents are tough to beat - even guys like H.W. Bush & Jimmy Carter, who both had approval in the 30s. The Democrats might be in the incumbent party in 2016, but they won't have an incumbent president running.

If the economy collapses again, the Republicans have a built-in advantage to regain the White House. That's what they're banking on and why I think they want to wreck the economy.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:34 PM

3. Agreed...

particularly in light of Hillary's popularity.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:47 PM

4. Hilliary is not running.

 

The pair the Democratic Leadership picks for us will are all but unknown names to us right now.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:48 PM

5. Locking

Please post in GD or Politics 2013... this is not BREAKING news. This is analysis/commentary

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