Originally Posted by cutthemdown
Repubs have already shown their hand. They will embrace immigration reform, and open up to raising revenue through the closing of loopholes.
Obama will have to counter with accepting the loopholes, and trying to get something from the rich. Not sure repubs will just let him raise them the way he wants. I dont see the poltiical motivation from them for that. IMO Obama has more to gain by dealing, and more to lose by not. Also not like he ever has to worry about raising money again, except for his library someday. Obama may deal more then liberals would like. And i think repubs will do some things the far right hates, like accepting immigration reform that grants citzenship to illegal immigrants, and changes the way we handle immigration.
Your mistake here is thinking that Obama is the one with the weak hand. He's not. Boehner is. McConnell is. And they know it. Which is why Boehner is already making conciliatory statements about Obamacare and immigration. The trend is going against them and they didn't get where they are by being unable to read the message of the electorate. They also know that they are stuck between the rock of Obama's victory and the hard place of the screaming Right fringe.