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  •  Well, I HAVE negotiated a lot of deals (9+ / 0-)

    and I have been stunned at how bad Obama was at it during his first term.  In fact, how bad Dems are in general in doing it.  They are never willing to walk away from it.  And it's not like the Repubs haven't had a history of not negotiating in good faith since 1994 - it is an open playbook for them.  Every Kossack knows what they are doing; why didn't the President?  Anyway, let's hope he learned by his catastrophic mistakes, which led to the 2010 elections.

    If there were ever a time to walk away, it is now.  The Bush tax cuts will expire without any action by the Dems.  

    Let it.  We'll get a better deal if we start out with them gone.  Otherwise, we'll have to give something up in order to get them gone, or agree not to let them totally expire for the rich.

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