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Obama: The Bully-In-Chief

From: Slate

by William Saletan

10-3-2013

The federal shutdown will end when House Republicans drop their demands and agree to a simple resolution that funds the government. What will make them give in? One approach is to sweet-talk House leaders and Republican moderates, inviting them to do the right thing. The other approach is to make the shutdown painful for the entire GOP.

Viscerally, President Obama has always preferred the nice-guy approach. Today, however, he turned up the heat. He seems to be realizing that reason may help, but pain will break the deadlock.
Obama likes to think of himself as the paragon of reason, transcending partisanship. He often praises “reasonable Republicans,” as he did two weeks ago in his radio address and in a speech about the impending fiscal standoff. He often credits the GOP with influencing the Affordable Care Act, noting that the bill “drew on a lot of Republican ideas.” He aims his criticism at “Tea Party Republicans,” a “faction on the far right of the Republican Party.”

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