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September 24, 2012


I agree that the President is unlikely to get greater cooperation from the Reps during a 2nd term. In fact, as a lame duck, he'll probably get less cooperation from the Dems.

However, IMHO this issue is a way to duck the important questions. Suppose Obama had a cooperative Congress. What would he cooperatively do with Congress. E.g., how would he approach challenges such as: Nuclear Iran. Mediocre economy. Enormous deficit. Anticipated jump in the deficit when interest rates rise. Unsustainability of Medicare and Social Security. Developments in the Middle East. Climate change. High price of gasoline and food. Islamic terrorism.

By focusing on his relations with Congress, Mr. Obama avoids telling us how he would handle these and other issues.

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