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  •  He wants the grand bargain, Armando. (6+ / 0-)

    He's been saying he wants one, for years, and he apparently still believes that there is a possibility of getting one passed, now that he's won a second term. That's why on Wednesday night he met with a group of republican senators (not the leadership) who they think may be receptive. The plan, as I understand it from what I've read, is that they want to reach a compromise/ bipartisan agreement in the senate, which will then pressure the House to vote on it, with hopes that there will be enough bi-partisan support there to pass it. (I highly doubt this will work, but that doesn't mean he doesn't believe it will or at least might. He described himself as "ever the optimist" when questioned shortly after the 2012 election about how this would ever get done.)

    He said in the Des Moines Register interview before the election that he 'was confident' that a grand bargain similar to the one he wanted to make with Boehner in 2011 (which included SS and Medicare cuts) would pass within the first six months of his second term. There is no surprise whatsoever that he is trying to do this now, nor any mystery as to what his goal is. He has been clear and consistent about this goal throughout his entire first term.

    He said before the 2012 election that he would continue to pursue this grand bargain, because essentially he believes that it is the right thing to do for the country in the long run. And he still believes in trying to reach a compromise with enough republicans (and democrats) to make it happen. According to Axelrod, it is about policy, not politics, and he believes that a grand bargain to address the deficit and spending issues is the right policy to pursue. He ran for president the first time promising compromise and getting past partisan gridlock. He has never indicated any thoughts of abandoning that ideal, even though most observers realize it's almost certainly a lost cause.

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