Schoen: Obama Finally Trying Bipartisanship

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 06:07 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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President Barack Obama invited a select group of Republicans to dinner this week because he’s finally realized he must try a bipartisan approach to government, a top Democratic strategist says.

“His polls have dropped, he overplayed his hand and now he’s going to try bipartisanship since brinksmanship didn’t work,’’ Doug Schoen, a Newsmax contributor, told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

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“I hope against hope that he’s serious . . . but, so far, there’s no evidence to show he’s willing to come off his core positions.’’

Schoen said he is not surprised that the president’s approval rating has dropped.

“Bottom line … you can’t just play brinksmanship day after day without people holding you accountable,’’ he said.

“They blame the Republicans, but blaming the Republicans means also that the president has to offer leadership that some probably haven’t seen.’’

Schoen believes Obama’s goal is to have the Democrats reclaim the majority in the House of Representatives.

“He figures a charm offensive is a good way to say, ‘Look, I’ve tried to be reasonable. That didn’t work. There’s a clear choice between my approach and the Republicans. Vote for me; vote for the Democrats.’ That’s the game,’’ Schoen said.

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