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  •  why will the GOP do anything? (2+ / 0-)
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    jabney, slinkerwink

    they might be perfectly happy to let the tax hikes and sequester cuts go into effect, kill the economy, and blame it all on Obama.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:05:34 PM PST

    •  Polls right now indicate . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse, wewantthetruth

      that the public sees the GOP as the most likely obstacle to a deal.  e.g. there was either a Washington Post or Pew poll a few days ago.

      Also, the period immediately after the election is when the president's approval is likely to be at its highest.  The GOP is angling for time so that it can make a deal later.  The goal is to get a temporary measure so that they don't get blamed, attention shifts, then when things return, the political dynamic may shift and they may have more leverage.  That's the gamble.

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