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OK.  All of the President’s negotiating over the “fiscal doohickey”, ever since the election, has come to nothing.  John Boehner pulled Plan B out of a hat and his caucus shoved it up his ass.  So how is it that people who should know better are calling for (and the President is apparently thinking of) making additional concessions simply to come to some agreement?

Paul Krugman was right.  The President approaches a problem, posits a solution, the GOP says “No” without offering an alternative.  The President then begins negotiating with himself, throwing away bargaining chips even when no bargaining is going on.  He then presents a new plan to GOP, stripped of more things he wanted and trampling some fresh Democratic constituency.  Of course the GOP says “No!” again, this time more emphatically.

Rinse and repeat, ad infinitum, or until every last Democrat forgets who it was that won the last two presidential elections.  

The solution?  Mr. President, quit digging.  You aren’t involved in a negotiation, because there’s nobody on the other side.  You’re talking in an empty room.  If you must say something say this:  

“Since Speaker Boehner has been unable to shift his Party at all during these negotiations, I suggest we give Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi all our support in shepherding the Discharge Petition through the House.  At the moment it is the only option we have toward reaching any agreement that will avoid sending 98% of working Americans off the fiscal cliff.”
Then please, for the love of God, STFU and let things play themselves out.  You don’t have to be doing something every minute, you don’t have to jump in talking every time there is a drop in the noise level.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

    by Pragmatus on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 01:26:16 AM PST

  •  Mr. Obama, you need to study how Clinton (2+ / 0-)
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    mookins, Orinoco

    destroyed Newt Gingrich when he threatened to shut down the government.  Clinton won the fight by keeping his mouth shut and holding his ground.

    Gingrich was made so vulnerable by his defeat his own party hounded him out of the Speakership first chance they got and made him resign his Georgia house seat in shame.

    That's how the game of politics is played.

    I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

    by Pragmatus on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 01:40:51 AM PST

    •  Boehner has now been marginalized by his own party (1+ / 0-)
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      Pragmatus

      You might as well negotiate with an empty suit, because he has no power to garner votes.

      I hope there are enough Republican congressmen who care about the country to sign the discharge petition.  If not, there will be 8 more Democrats in January, so that will help.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

      by MadScientist on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:05:20 AM PST

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  •  Are you aware of the Pres press conference (1+ / 0-)
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    mwm341

    today?

    "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

    by mumtaznepal on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:19:41 AM PST

    •  That would be Friday (1+ / 0-)
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      mwm341

      "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

      by mumtaznepal on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:20:13 AM PST

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