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By Brahma Chellaney
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Frank M. Newport
With the clock ticking on Congress to strike a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," Americans increasingly want to see their leaders compromise to get a deal done — as long as the pain of any compromise leaves them untouched.
Pledges of support from powerful Republicans last week may have edged Mitt Romney closer to the GOP presidential nomination, but the former Massachusetts governor still struggles to fire the imaginations of most in his party — even the coveted endorsements from former President George H.W. Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida seemed underwhelming in tone.
That, Mr. Newport said, is likely one of the reasons Mr. Obama is confident that congressional Republicans eventually will cave on taxes and back off calls for entitlement reform before the end of the year.
"The hierarchy is Obama on top, then Democrats and then Republicans," Mr. Newport said.