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Old 01-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #142
TonyR
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Do keep in mind that Obama pretty much rolled the Republicans, and he has left them in disarray. Did that mean he was "desperate" to cut a deal? I don't think so. It means he knew that getting credit for avoiding the cliff was better than letting the Republicans get blamed for going over it--especially if he could portray them as simultaneously craven and incompetent. He did both.
Obama plays a long game, much longer than any of us realize. I suggest thinking about him with a little more nuance.
- a commenter responding to Paul Krugman
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/201...nts#permid=113
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