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The reaction: Obama locks horns with Democrats on tax-cut deal

December 9, 2010 | 10:55 am

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"For months, anxious Democrats have been asking why Barack Obama couldn't be more like Bill Clinton, their last successful president. Now Obama has gone and done something Clintonian by striking a compromise with Republicans to extend high-income tax cuts, and his own party's liberals are furiously accusing him of betraying their ideals," writes Doyle McManus in Thursday's Op-Ed that calls the president's deal a practical one.  Unmoved by Obama's statement…

"We will never get anything done. People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position and no victories for the American people. And we will be able to feel good about ourselves and sanctimonious about how pure our intentions are and how tough we are — and in the meantime, the American people are still seeing themselves not able to get health insurance because of preexisting conditions or not being able to pay their bills because their unemployment insurance ran out."

…Thursday, the Dems have struck back by rejecting the president's tax-cut package.

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Photo: President Obama talks to the press about his tax compromise as he meets with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in the Oval Office on Dec. 8. Credit: Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images

Photo: Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 8. Credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

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