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There’s a lot you can get done in three years if you’re the president of the United States.

By Carlos Watson

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Beyond the Government Showdown

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Will they or won’t they? Everyone is paying attention to the showdown over the government shutdown tomorrow and is wondering what will happen. Will the government really close? Will there be any last-minute changes to the president’s Affordable Health Care Act? But I think it’s over, fait accompli. Sure, there may be a shutdown, but I don’t expect it to last long, and I don’t expect it to derail Obamacare. Whether the shutdown happens, whether it’s long or short, the reality is the president will get this done. 

Let’s not forget, this will be a huge accomplishment. Obama will pull off something that has eluded other presidents for more than 60 years. That said, I think he’s got something to learn from all this, and if he does, instead of being another lame-duck second-term president, Obama could once again upend history and finish as strongly as he started.

But first he should take some lessons from a few of his predecessors. He could also learn a thing or two from Senator Ted Cruz, the GOP firebrand behind the effort to defund Obamacare. Sound crazy? Hear me out.

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