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Charles B. Rangel

McManus: Obama's clarity gap

McManus: Obama's clarity gap

We all know by now that the eleventh-hour deal to raise the federal debt ceiling didn't solve much. Federal debt is still ballooning, healthcare costs are still rising, and we're nowhere close to an agreement on raising tax revenue.

But did the process at least help President Obama's prospects for reelection, as the White House hoped it would? Hardly.

Obama spent days negotiating toward a "grand bargain" with House Speaker John A. Boehner in hopes of looking like the visionary post-partisan he's always wanted to be.

When Boehner walked away, Obama and his aides consoled themselves with the notion that the president could cast himself as the only responsible...