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  •  Looks to me like he's learned something (0+ / 0-)

    Franklin Roosevelt made some major bloopers in his first term too, and even into his second. It looks like Obama has learned (and maybe has better advisors?) -- a different tone in his voice. A friend who trains negotiation teams noted that Obama took something (I forget what) off the table this past week, saying the situation had changed -- a "take back," a good (powerful) negotiating move. We'll see.

    •  I'm hoping you are correct (0+ / 0-)

      But the ideologues in the house don't seem concerned.   They seem rather pleased.

      They believe in their hearts that O will cave when the gov't starts shutting down.  And they will only let parts of it restart.  Screw the economy, if they can shut down major branches of government and entitlements, they will be happy.

      The end game is theirs.   And they believe the potus will give in, as he always has.

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