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December 19, 2014

Obama Can Look for Crumbs or Go Big

John Cassidy lays out President Obama’s two possible strategies as he continues to pursue his second-term legislative agenda, which includes a stalled gun control bill, immigration reform, climate change, and the budget.

“The first strategy would involve continuing to search for legislative deals with the Republicans on issues like the budget, and, where they aren’t possible, using executive orders to advance a progressive agenda in modest ways… The new standards for fuel economy that Obama introduced in his first term show that such changes can have a significant impact. But incrementalism would be the order of the day.”

“The second strategy would be more ambitious, and riskier. It would involve finally abandoning efforts at bipartisanship, declaring war on the Republican obstructionists, and going all out to overturn their majority in the House in November, 2014… The anger Obama exhibited following the Senate votes on gun control showed another side of his personality—a tougher, more combative side, a part of him willing to label his opponents scoundrels and liars.”

  • CJR

    We’ve been waiting for that second Obama for five years, now.

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