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Jacob Weisberg / A new, tougher Obama II emerges

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:01 am

Barack Obama's most cherished illusion during his first term was the possibility of cooperation with Republicans. Time and again, the president came to Congress bearing preemptive concessions - on his original economic stimulus package, his health care plan and the 2011 debt-ceiling fight - only to have the door slammed in his face by an obstructionist GOP that viewed politics as a zero-sum game. Because the president has long seen himself as a conciliator and a bridge figure, he was unwilling to let go of his faith that if he only hewed to the path of moderation, his opponents would eventually have to meet him there.

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