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Top Story — Voters Spoke, Now Obama Needs to Lead

THE POINT I made yesterday is the bottom line. Electorally and on the popular vote, President Obama and the Democrats hold the cards. But that’s only true if he knows it and the Democrats believe it.

Compromise can be important, but it must never begin with unnecessarily bargaining with yourself for show or in order to make the other side feel good.

Let’s think about what Republicans and the right would do with such a victory as Obama and the Democrats had on Tuesday. Does anyone believe they wouldn’t maximize it?

Paul Krugman today:

So President Obama has to make a decision, almost immediately, about how to deal with continuing Republican obstruction. How far should he go in accommodating the G.O.P.’s demands?

My answer is, not far at all. Mr. Obama should hang tough, declaring himself willing, if necessary, to hold his ground even at the cost of letting his opponents inflict damage on a still-shaky economy. And this is definitely no time to negotiate a “grand bargain” on the budget that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

Joe Biden is always talking about Obama’s ramrod spine. This is one of those times when the voters will see if what they asked for on Tuesday will be delivered.

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3 Responses to Top Story — Voters Spoke, Now Obama Needs to Lead

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter November 9, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    “My answer is, not far at all. ”

    That is actually a bit further then I would hope he would go. He should do an FDR and even RR end run around the repugnantklan/teabaggers….when they say NO, every single time…go on TV and Cable and the Radio and point out to the American public that it is THEM, the repugnantklan/teabagger House that is obstructing the things the people voted for.

  2. mjsmith November 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    The same voters that voted to keep Obama are the same people who voted to keep a majority GOP Congress.

    I do not see President Obama having the equivilant to a “boll weevil” caucous to support his platform, especially without comprimise. It would take having the same calibre of leadership that Ronald Reagan had to pull something like that off.

    Yes, President has a strong enough spine to stand up to the GOP. He has a strong enough spine to stand up to Netanyahu.

    The question really is – “Does President Obama have a strong enough spine to stand up to his own political party?”

    If he does have the “steel” in his spine to stand up to the deomcrats party leadership, I had not seen it. I hope he does.

  3. lynnette November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    Obama should negotiate from a position of strength – compromise comes later. Krugman is right.

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