Quote For The Day III

“Do keep in mind that Obama pretty much rolled the Republicans, and he has left them in disarray. Did that mean he was “desperate” to cut a deal? I don’t think so. It means he knew that getting credit for avoiding the cliff was better than letting the Republicans get blamed for going over it–especially if he could portray them as simultaneously craven and incompetent. He did both.

Obama plays a long game, much longer than any of us realize.  I suggest thinking about him with a little more nuance,” – David Gutting, a commenter responding to Paul Krugman’s latest jeremiad.