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  •  As part of this is a "PR war" , I am glad that (31+ / 0-)

    Obama flew back from Hawaii while the GOP House members refuse to come back to town.  The whole thing seems a manufactured crisis, as smarter minds than mine have described, but it's unfolding on two levels: the actual negotiating/deal-making (or its failure), and the related PR war re: which side is more to blame for the situation.  

    •  Agree, the optics are favorable to us n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Obama hasn't left HI *yet*, (4+ / 0-)
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      Torta, 3goldens, RainyDay, sethtriggs

      reports say his plan is to leave Honolulu tonight.

      I don't see why he should leave HI until and unless republicans show some willingness to negotiate. Telephones work just as well in Hawaii as they do in Washington DC.

      The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

      by SoCalSal on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 10:14:21 AM PST

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    •  " it's unfolding on two levels" BINGO! (5+ / 0-)
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      Torta, MBramble, deePA, Just Bob, dharmafarmer

      The actual negotiations can go no where, everyone is boxed in by their constituents and can't make a middle when both ends are so extremely different.
      And everyone knows that on a date certain, there will be some major changes in the situation. So there's lots of posturing and positioning during the lame duck, to be in the right place at the opening bell of the 113th.
      It's obvious that taxes have to go up, particularly on the top brackets, there's no question that the BTCs are driving a lot of the deficit and anyone with middle school math can see it.
      But the GOP is so dug in, they can't give in. Their only way forward is to be "forced to accept" the expiration of the cuts they "tried so hard to save".
      In order to push their agenda, they hyped the severity of the Fiscal Cliff, figuring that they could panic Obama and the Dems into adopting Rmoney's budget! They never expected that they'd be the ones actually blamed for it because they figured it would never get this far. But like a dog that chases cars, when it finally catches one, now what?
      But because it was hyped mercilessly by media from Left to Far Right and particularly in the MSM, Obama can't just blow them off, he has to at least pretend that this "crisis" is serious.
      So he's making a point of seriously negotiating with Boner, has offered him nearly everything the GOP wanted and still got his hand spit on.
      By the time the next Congress is seated, the public will be ready for action from DC. Inaction will be obvious to everyone (look in your pay stub). It's crucial that the narrative be that the GOP refused to negotiate in good faith, that they vote against their own bills!
      At that point the Kabuki can end and some real work get done.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 11:30:28 AM PST

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