Political Bargaining and The Presidential Bully Pulpit
The Obama administration is weighing whether to go big or go small in their jobs plan next week. I think the answer is clear: they should go big so they can go small. [. . . T]he more he identifies himself with particular solutions, the more he poisons those solutions for the Republican Party. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) simply cannot come out and say that ďthe presidentís jobs plan is a sensible, pragmatic package for moving America forward that correctly takes the best ideas from both sides into account.Ē The moment Obama mentions a policy in a big speech, it becomes that much less likely to pass a divided Congress.
Apparently, asking for more than you expect to get in a negotiation is now understood by Ezra. I welcome his enlightenment on this point. But of course, the reality is nothing will be agreed to on stimulus, something Ezra seems to recognize. Good for Ezra, whose thinking on the President's power to set the agenda has also appeared to evolve.:
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