Republicans got through most of 2012 without acknowledging reality. Then came the election. President Obama is the first president to be elected twice with 51 percent of the popular vote since Dwight Eisenhower. His popularity is hovering around it was around the time bin Laden was killed. He won by laying out the exact proposals he said he’s given to Republicans. He defeated a ticket that included Paul Ryan (R-WI), head of the House Budget Committee and “intellectual leader” of the Republican Party. If this battle lingers on, he’ll have the world’s greatest platform — his inauguration — to make his case to the people. And he never has to be elected again. If you’re negotiating, this is the position you want to be in.
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