Liberals say Democrats are understating their negotiating power, citing polls that show most Americans favor their position.
"In general the Democrats should have the upper hand in this debate," said Jim Kessler, vice president of Third Way, a moderate Democratic think tank.
"The president ultimately is the person who will decide what he will and will not sign and that is a very strong leverage point." Kessler said.
"At the same time, Republicans have a completely unified position and, from what I can read, there are six different Democratic positions." MORE...