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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 01:19 PM

NYT: Obama Speech Leaves G.O.P. Stark Choices

Obama Speech Leaves G.O.P. Stark Choices
By JONATHAN WEISMAN
Published: January 22, 2013



WASHINGTON — President Obama’s aggressive Inaugural Address on Monday presented Congressional Republicans with a stark choice over the next two years: accommodate the president’s agenda on immigration, guns, energy and social programs and hope to take the liberal edge off issues dictated by the White House, or dig in as the last bulwark against a re-elected Democratic president and accept the political risks of that hard-line stance.

As Mr. Obama’s second term begins, Republican leaders appear ready to accede at least in the short term on matters like increasing the debt limit.

Their decision shows that even among some staunch conservatives, Mr. Obama’s inauguration could be ushering in a more pragmatic tone — if not necessarily a shift in beliefs. From the stimulus to the health care law to showdowns over taxes and spending, Republicans have often found that their uncompromising stands simply left them on the sidelines, unable to have an impact on legislation and unable to alter it much once it passed.

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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:45 PM

1. and the crux of the matter is...

“The public is not behind us, and that’s a real problem for our party,” said Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, a Republican who has clashed with his party’s leadership.

Exactly right, Rep. Amash. And what part of the "will of the people" and "we the people" do you people not understand?

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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:54 PM

2. Can't even believe this reality is coming from a republiCon..

For now, some Republicans concede that the party is standing on shaky ground as it girds for confrontation.

“The public is not behind us, and that’s a real problem for our party,” said Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, a Republican who has clashed with his party’s leadership.


Thank you, babylonsistah

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