You can’t stop President Obama from reaching out to Republicans; it’s what he does. In Thursday night’s speech, he tried two separate maneuvers—reminding them of their support for stimulus measures in the past and accepting the good faith of their opposition. “Now, I realize that some of you have a different theory on how to grow the economy,” he said. “Some of you sincerely believe that the only solution to our economic challenges is to simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations.”

 

GOP and Obama’s jobs plan: Do Republicans oppose the president’s economic policies for ideological reasons or political ones? – By Jacob Weisberg – Slate Magazine.

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