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    I think he takes this very seriously, and as a result, he believes it is appropriate to listen and negotiate.

    I have heard it said that President Obama plays the long game.  For many of us, this is very frustrating (no instant gratification).  But he comes across as more mature, more sane, more reasonable, etc.

    The longer he does this, the crazier the Republicans show themselves to be.

    He has said over and over again, he negotiates in good faith.  I think he is learning that their true desire is to see the country fail (so he does not get elected again), so he is drawing bright lines around the things that are critical to the countries survival.

    As long as the ball is moving forward, it is a gain.  Not a win, but a gain.  It is a long slow move forward, but usually we are moving forward.  Even if it feels like only inches at a time.

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