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Chris Hayes & Co. Talk GOP Obstructionism in a Second Obama Term

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In The New Yorker last week, Ryan Lizza tried to envision what a second term for Obama would look like, and cited an incredible statement from David Plouffe: A divided Congress next term will not result in partisan impasse, the White House Senior Adviser suggested, but in mutual urgency for compromise. As a panel on MSNBC’s Up w/ Chris Hayes panel was quick to point out yesterday, this is almost comically wishful thinking.

 WBAI.org’s Esther Bai explained the GOP’s obstructionism as a commitment to the “politics of winning” — Republicans want to defeat President Obama, whatever the consequences — a commitment that will only get stronger if Obama wins a second term. Watch:

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