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Obama Compromise

Munich on the Potomac: The Republican Take-No-Prisoners Strategy -- and Obama's Conciliation

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The more that the Obama Administration tries to meet the Republicans half way, the more extreme and implacable their demands become. Obama's term still has more than three and a half years to run and Democrats still have a 55-45 majority in the Senate, but the Republicans are treating him like the lamest of lame ducks. It should be clear by now -- meeting these people halfway only whets their appetite. In his remaining days in office, Obama can insist until the cows come home that he has been the president who tried to change the tone in Washington, to find areas of common ground and to show that there is more that unites Americans than divides us. But until he finds some inner toughness, the Republicans will continue to stymie his every move and he will be a feeble president at a moment when we need a resolute one.

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Explains Budget Compromise | Sam Stein | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama’s budget, which will be introduced on Wednesday, takes a political position that some of his base is bound to bemoan. Rather ...

How Obama Got His Groove Back

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Unlike Stella Payne, in Terry McMillan's bestselling novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back, President Obama did not have to travel to Jamaica, but his re-election on the basis of a clear national agenda has enabled him to get his "groove" back.

Romney for VP

David Paine | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
David Paine

The degree to which the electorate is divided today is a true threat to our democracy. That's got to change.

The Difference Between Elections and Governing

Matthew Dowd | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As we have become a more diverse and heterogeneous country (a good thing), many of the participants on the left and right have become less tolerant of each other (a not-so-good thing). The only way to govern this country is to bridge the divides that have become so apparent.

When Washington Tries to 'Win the Day,' Americans Lose

Gretchen Hamel | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Gretchen Hamel

"Win the day" is a common refrain in politics.The result is a president and Congress too focused on what the other side is doing wrong and too timid to make bold decisions or compromises needed to get our economy back on track.

Jennifer Bendery

New Book Links Obama's Unresolved Rage At Parents To Inability To Fight GOP | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama might actually learn how to fight back against Republicans if he faced the repressed anger he feels toward his pa...

Chutzpah! Obama's Black Caucus Speech

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.26.2011 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

If the President wants anyone to follow him, he had better start leading -- something he has consistently failed to do since his inauguration.

Obama's Big Chance ... and his Big Choice

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The president can win the bipartisan support of the electorate. Or he can win the support of insiders from both parties, backed by billionaires and corporate think-tanks. But he can't do both.

Mr. Obama, Get Your Dick (Cheney) On

Mark Morford | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Mark Morford

Let me just say it outright: I still love Obama.

Responding to President Obama on the Art of Compromise

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Obama's "compromise" principle follows a consistent pattern. His opening bid is to move more than halfway in the direction of Republican principles.

On the Compromiser-in-Chief and Elizabeth Drew's Article

Ari Melber | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

By fully caving on this stand-off, where the White House is backed by the general public and large swaths of the GOP, Obama would not only fail to impress independent voters, he'd ensure a drubbing on a series of future fights.

Why Progressives Keep On Losing and the Right Keeps On Winning

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.09.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Once again the unpopular views of a minority have been imposed on the majority. Why does the Tea Party seem to be so much more effective than the left as a movement?

Why Democrats Compromise When Republicans Won't

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

In the short term, like it or not, much Democratic compromise is an unavoidable consequence of democracy: current politics dictate it. But going forward, Democrats can change the politics by campaigning more effectively.

Howard Fineman

Tax Bill: Now It's The Tea Party's Turn | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Not to be outdone by their liberal counterparts, conservatives are working themselves into a state of dismay over what they disparagingly...

The Nature of Compromise in the Parallel Universe of White House Political Leadership

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Obama's compromise on the current tax deal must be evaluated against several other previously important issues connected to the exercise or lack of exercise of his presidential leadership.

URGENT: Last Chance to Get a Better Tax Cut Deal

Rep. Jay Inslee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jay Inslee

This is our best chance to get a better deal for the middle class, the economy, and clean energy since President Obama made this "compromise" with the Republicans -- and we need to jump on it right now.

Don't Sell Your Obama Stock Now

David Meadvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Meadvin

Respectfully, the decision by liberal leaders to abandon President Obama at this moment reminds me of an investor who panics and sells all his shares in a blue-chip company because of one bad quarter.

Republicans Play Chicken with the Chicken Soup

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

So you're walking down the street, another cold December morning, and you're on your way to work, and you've seen this view a thousand times before a...

Obama to Seek Compromise with GOP on Birthplace Claims

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Stephen Ducat

This latest move to meet the Republicans half way comes within days of the President finally relenting on demands by GOP leaders that he issue an executive order privatizing the Social Security Administration.

When Compromise Is a Fool's Paradise

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

All politicians and the president should stop talking about compromise as if it's something ideal in all cases. Going into any negotiation intending to meet halfway is foolish in a host of contexts.

Obama's Presidency Can't Be "Transformative" -- He's a Democrat

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

Democrats simply don't share the conservatives' ideological evangelicalism. We doubt our own political prescriptions and are not willing to stand by them despite opposition.

The Compromise President: Resting A Legacy On Weak Bridges

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Obama's tendency to make concessions in the name of bipartisanship appears to be encouraging him to water down reforms to the point where they may no longer work.

Environmentalists Turn On Obama As Compromiser

New York Times | LESLIE KAUFMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

For environmental activists like Jessica Miller, 31, the passage of a major climate bill by the House last month should have been cause for euphoria. ...

Controversy, Controversy

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

Obama is a compromiser, a political figure committed to building bridges, even to those who will give him heartburn as well as their support.