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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:59 PM

Obama to GOP: Iím done negotiating with myself - Ezra Klein

This I find to be a very welcome change. I have expressed my frustration before with Obama's penchant for opening discussions with an 'offer' which is a reasonable position TO AGREE UPON. But you don't OPEN with that position if that's where you would like to end up. It seems the President has evolved with regard to how he deals with Republicans (I can only hope so)....

note Klein's words: [font size="3"]"Previously, Obamaís pattern had been to offer plans that roughly tracked where he thought the compromise should end up."[/font]


...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?(more)

I regard this development as wonderful news, but it must be recognized that given how President Obama operated in the first four years, it's not going to be easy to get Republicans to accept the new Obama. (here's hoping they do).

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:50 AM

1. I can't believe it took four years to figure out what anybody who bought a car knows

or to notice how pre-compromise came at the price of losing the trust of those who voted for you and making us doubt you share our priorities.

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