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The Republicans have put themselves in a holy mess with this Plan B debacle. They now have less than zero leverage. They are a national laughingstock. A majority of the country now thinks they are "too extreme." They just got walloped in the election. And with the tax cuts set to expire the laws are rigged against them as well.

There is only one person who can rescue the Republican Party now -- Barack Obama. And he will. I have been saying for over two years now that President Obama is dying to do the Grand Bargain. He will do it at any cost. In fact, he actively wants to cut Social Security and Medicare. He can't wait for that pat on the back from the establishment when they finally call him post-partisan, above party politics, and a statesman for screwing over his own voters. This is by far his greatest wish.

I couldn't believe that people couldn't believe that President Obama offered to cut Social Security again in this round of negotiations. What are you still surprised at? The man has offered to cut these so-called entitlements every time. When are you going to get it through your head -- he wants to cut them!

Ok, I'm raining on everyone's parade here because this is the moment when the partisans are supposed to be reveling in Republican failure. The Republican Party is split and in tatters. Yes, but to what end? In order for that to be relevant, the Democrats would now have to offer a very different deal where the terms are changed in our favor. If they do and they get a deal where taxes are actually raised on people making above $250,000 and Social Security and Medicare are protected, then I will be dead wrong. I will be wrong now and I will have been wrong for all of these years. You can rub my face in it. And since the Democratic partisans are now feeling triumphant, get that crow ready for me to eat.

But it's not going to happen. I'm telling you this even in the Republican Party's darkest hour, the president will still give them most of what they want. My guess is that liberals will be stunned at the concessions President Obama makes even when he had the Republicans in a corner and totally defeated. Here's what you have to understand -- it's because he doesn't want to "win." Winning is different for him than it is for me and you. To us, winning is passing progressive priorities. To him, it's passing a deal where he seems like he is above party politics. In order to do that, he must cut entitlements (and corporate taxes, too, by the way).

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We're going to find out who is right soon enough. I just wanted to make sure you knew what was coming ahead of time, so that you understand President Obama's real motivation. Understand that next time around, and remember he's still here for another four years, asking the president politely doesn't get you anything. He isn't a progressive in his heart, he is an establishment pleaser. The only way he acts like a progressive is if you make him. Next time, instead of applauding so much, put all of the pressure on the world on him. That's what Republicans do all of the time and it is what will allow them to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Mark my words.

I think we can all at least agree that if ever there was a time to press progressive priorities, this would be it. So, this will be a true test of who he is and what he believes. 

Let's see what he does. You shall know him by his works.

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Cenk Uygur is host of The Young Turks, the first ever live, daily web television talk show. The Young Turks are on XM Satellite Radio 8-9PM ET (XM 167, America Left) and on Sirius Left 146. The Young Turks is one of the Top 100 You Tube Partners, with over 18 million views a month on (more...)

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Cenk, I couldn't agree with you more. In fact, our... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 12:28:15 AM
I tell you what: I don't even have much to add to ... by Rico D. on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 6:14:45 AM
What's this story in the news this past week that ... by manifesto 2000 on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 2:02:03 AM
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I'm what some would call a Christian Libertarian, ... by Michael McIlwain on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 7:52:24 PM
They cannot let the charade of the "Two Party Syst... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 6:45:44 AM
And as you point out, and it must be emphasized ag... by Rico D. on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 7:08:33 AM
Instead of raiding Social Security to pay for the ... by Don Smith on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 12:48:28 PM
  Here's what the f*cking sleaze bag who... by Alan MacDonald on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 9:10:56 PM
Obamas following the Cinton Model - be a manchuria... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 1:00:09 PM
President Obama may have no choice but to succumb ... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 1:05:17 PM
Do you support Obama's desire to cut Social Securi... by Chris Cook on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 2:36:38 PM
Chris, you apparently missed my last paragraph, in... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 6:04:26 PM
We should accept further attacks on the most power... by Dan Mage on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 9:01:07 PM
Why is it people can't figure out politicians are ... by Mrt Baggins on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 1:43:19 PM
I hope you are wrong but, I've been hearing this m... by Rixar13 on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 3:20:04 PM
Let's see what he does.... by Rixar13 on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 3:20:30 PM
Let's see what he does!  He cannot but show h... by Nathan Nahm on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 11:11:05 PM
Cenk,     you are full of crap... by Pam Berg on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 3:34:40 PM
I really hope you are right. I really hope tha... by Nathan Nahm on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 11:05:13 PM
Who are you buying that stuff from? ... by Dennis Kaiser on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 5:06:20 AM
Why the outrage? Obama made it clear BEFORE the el... by Stephen Unger on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 5:38:43 PM
Obama has to be a determined right-wing polit... by Nathan Nahm on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 9:13:24 PM
It seems that he genuinely believes that we have t... by BFalcon on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 2:05:35 AM
Great post. I too and enraged by Obama's fantasy o... by Andrew Schettino on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 6:03:32 AM
Cenk, I'm wondering whether you now regret the ... by Randy Moor on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:10:28 AM
While the GOP is busy changing al... by Herbert Calhoun on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 9:06:49 PM
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