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Posted at 8:19 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

So much for kumbaya

By Jonathan Capehart

That glimmer of hope we saw on Tuesday that Democrats and Republicans would come together was about as faint as a flashlight in deep space. The "extortion" letter from GOP senators and the latest gambit from House Democrats on middle-class tax cuts make me more pessimistic than ever that the two sides will get anything done.

More than anything, I'm a little concerned about the White House. Since the Nov. 2 midterm elections, I have felt like I've been watching a boxing match where the champion has been knocked hard with a blow from the right (that he could see coming) and has been stumbling around the ring in search of salvation. Not all of the administration's stumbling can be laid at its feet. Ezra Klein laid out the timeline and nature of this latest phase in Republican recalcitrance yesterday.

But Klein then followed up with another excellent post on President Obama's bad poker. Basically, the president has a bad habit of making concessions unilaterally to Republicans who have turned giving him nothing in return into a near art form. E.J. Dionne follows up on that thought today, writing, "Obama seems to have decided that showing how conciliatory he can be is more important than making clear where he stands." In his defense, it's a little hard to make clear where you stand when you're (still) punch-drunk.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 2, 2010; 8:19 AM ET
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Comments

Jonathan, Where do you get your snort? From you writings you must consistently be on some loony space trip.

When your spaceship lands we Americans WILL welcome you back to the real world.

Posted by: frankn1 | December 2, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Democrats forcing a vote today shows they had no intention of negotiating in good faith. The Republicans "extortion" was to force the Dems into making this a higher priority than gays, amnesty, or START.

Hmmmm.... I guess guess it really is George Bush's fault.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | December 2, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The "extortion" letter from GOP senators and the latest gambit from House Democrats on middle-class tax cuts make me more pessimistic than ever that the two sides will get anything done.
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Translation for small minds: Kids, put away your toys, Its time to clean your room, savvy?

Posted by: elcigaro1 | December 2, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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