Will Congress remain deeply divided?
Debate over politics after election
- Duration 5:33
- Date Nov 7, 2012
Debate over politics after election
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By itself -- recognition that we have a common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock.
To solve all our problems.
-- substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus.
Well now that he has won a second term President Obama faces an urgent task.
He's calling on congress to make some difficult choices to head off another financial crisis.
Economists -- the so called fiscal cliff coming at the first of the year could plunge the country back into recession unless both sides can agree on -- solution.
But the president still faces a deeply divided congress where gridlock seems to be a way of life these days.
Republican leaders agree there's a mandate for both sides to find common ground and work together but one report today notes quote.
Tuesday's election left Republicans in control of the house and Democrats in charge of the senate.
But the political winds have shifted with no Obama reelection battle looming there isn't the same incentive.
For each side to demonize the other.
Whether there is a new found ability to cooperate will be put to the test just about immediately.
Let's talk about it with Lanny Davis he served as White House counsel during the Clinton administration he is a Fox News contributor.
Andrea ten -- is there a columnist for the New York Daily News -- -- co host of the five here on fox what are your predictions is they're going to be a love.
Fast when these these elected reelected newly elected folks get to Washington and really think about that -- You hate it they're adversarial positions the difference is that Obama now has the ability.
To -- -- to the center in terms of looking for consensus as you heard him say last night as I predicted.
He's no longer running for reelection as you pointed out he's running for history.
And he therefore can afford to stand up to his base.
And reach out to thoughtful conservative Republicans in the congress to find a consensus is are you saying we're.
Likely to see -- less liberal Barack Obama in the second term.
This is key concept you can -- -- in a liberal Bill Clinton as a liberal Democrat.
But he worked -- Newt Gingrich to find a consensus didn't mean he -- -- liberal he looked for a consensus and left a trillion dollar surplus.
There is a way of maintaining your principles but finding compromise that's what's been missing the last four years and that's what Obama has.
I think I just saw the first flicker of a smile -- in various faiths all morning.
I mean do you see that happening you know that's I was actually gonna laugh it wasn't a smiled -- it was a smile of disbelief I think the president had an opportunity to come to the middle.
He didn't do that I mean Boehner put an offer on the table.
He had an opportunity to do that centrist hit it that Bill Clinton did he's not Bill Clinton he wants to run as a leftist.
And I have to say this John listening to everybody talk about what went wrong last night.
Obama created a new paradigm in American politics dependency.
Politics we spent almost a trillion dollars luckily got.
More food stamps more Medicaid.
The country is turning into a socialized European country mean think about what happened women actually voted over jobs for birth control.
This is what happens is very seductive to give people free stuff and frankly Republicans.
Aren't that much better if you look at -- eight years before well you you almost.
Out of chuckle out of -- there -- former boss is the guy who ended welfare as we know it I -- like she won the five and I really.
Respect you greatly but that now -- an insult but after the complement -- -- know that there's always about it and that is to use labels about socialism and let's just talk facts.
The health care bill fact.
Entirely private insurance system no public option not even any government option all private insurance Barack Obama.
In his second term can do what Bill Clinton did act which is to reach out to the Republican.
Center right and I'm talking John McCain Orrin hatch Lindsey Graham and when I posted.
On Fox News last -- there are thoughtful Republicans willing to find solutions we'll see if my optimism is well -- -- -- -- back when Reagan was in office 29% of the country was dependent on government.
Now 49% of the country as it is tough to take that back John and that was the Obama campaign's calculus from the beginning get more people dependence.
And then when you try and take it away.
You lose elections there's no GOP trek to fix this it's not going to be courting Latino voters are somehow maybe getting the media to be more favorable.
It's not gonna work so we have entered a new paradigm.
In politics and I think it's tough to reverse.
So we're going to have a solutions to this fiscal cliff.
And when people use these expressions without backing them up by -- dependent on the government -- that statistic.
Or people who paid the Wall Street Journal it's an overhang of the US how I -- -- -- -- -- got a panel you interrupt let me finish.
People pay into that number that you just mentioned are the Social Security recipients are located -- dependant on the government give me a break.
No one wanted to talk about Social Security John gave you a -- fail I can't imagine that is the reason.
Why when you talk about actual fiscal responsibility.
You lose elections see the red Abu that's the facts disagreement here.
But I think Obama -- McConnell would do better than we -- we will see -- -- I had it 310 to -- good luck with Bob -- on the 59.
It doesn't show -- thank you.