Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
If we learned from the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, then we should realize that the key to resolution through compromise is derived from the relationship of the parties involved in the process. In these recently concluded negotiations, the final negotiations were originated in the Senate and the final deal was consummated only when Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden entered into discussions. The president, Harry Reid and the Republican-controlled House had to get out of the way.
Although the results were imperfect and did not gain acceptance from the extreme representatives on the left or right, the fiscal cliff was avoided because the right two people were involved in the main negotiations.
Based on the fiscal cliff negotiations, the next phase of fiscal negotiations should be turned over to these two long-standing friends and associates. The president’s place should be to lead by assigning these negotiations to the Senate and appoint Vice President Biden as his principal agent for reaching an acceptable resolution.