7 Theories Why Obama Keeps Getting Burned (Or Doesn't!) Negotiating with Republicans
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7. Obama Wants a Big Deal to Assure His 'Legacy'
Last month, Ezra Klein reported that in the White House, “a big budget deal is seen as a key element of the president’s legacy.” He added that Obama's team “don’t want a deal so badly that they’ll accept one that doesn’t raise tax rates, or that leaves another debt-ceiling crisis around the corner,” which turned out to be half right.
So, who's right? Who knows! But it's worth noting that not all of these theories are mutually exclusive.