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Obama to GOP: Iím done negotiating with myself

Posted by Ezra Klein on November 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm


Republican aides are circulating their summary of the White Houseís opening bid on the fiscal cliff. Theyíre circulating it because they believe it fleshes out Speaker John Boehnerís complaint that ďthe White House has to get serious.Ē Above all, theyíre circulating it because the president isnít offering them anything in his opening bid.

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Weíre seeing two things here. One is that the negotiations arenít going well. When one side begins leaking the other sideís proposals, thatís typically a bad sign. The other is that Republicans are frustrated at the new Obama theyíre facing: The Obama who refuses to negotiate with himself.

Thatís what youíre really seeing in this ďproposal.Ē Previously, Obamaís pattern had been to offer plans that roughly tracked where he thought the compromise should end up. The White Houseís belief was that by being solicitous in their policy proposals, they would win goodwill on the other side, and even if they didnít, the media would side with them, realizing theyíd sought compromise and been rebuffed. They donít believe that anymore.

Perhaps the key lesson the White House took from the last couple of years is this: Donít negotiate with yourself. If Republicans want to cut Medicare, let them propose the cuts. If they want to raise revenue through tax reform, let them identify the deductions. If they want deeper cuts in discretionary spending, let them settle on a number. And, above all, if they donít like the White Houseís preferred policies, let them propose their own. That way, if the White House eventually does give in and agree to some of their demands, Republicans will feel like they got one over on the president. A compromise isnít measured by what you offer, itís measured by what the other side feels they made you concede.

The GOP is right: This isnít a serious proposal. But itís not evidence that Obama isnít serious. Heís very serious about not negotiating with himself, and his opening bid proves it. Now that theyíve leaked his initial offer, the next question is obvious: Whatís their offer?

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