Meet Rob Nabors: Obama’s quiet dealmaker on the ‘fiscal cliff’

Sure, there's been public bombast on both sides. But the most critical "fiscal-cliff" talks are happening behind closed doors. Here's the man whom Obama is counting on as his top envoy to the GOP:

Three things you should know about Rob Nabors:

1. He loves lists, thinks in lists, breaks down plans of action into lists.

2. He prizes discretion and despises leaks, which is why Republicans say they can trust this Democrat. (And probably explains why he declined to comment for this piece.)

3. He may be the most important player you’ve never heard of in the ongoing “fiscal cliff” drama.

President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) made headlines on Sunday when they spoke directly about the fiscal cliff, but it’s Nabors, who is Obama’s chief congressional liaison, who’s in the closed-door negotiations that pave the way for such conversations — and deals.

“He’s our Congress whisperer,” says David Plouffe, a senior Obama adviser, of the famously soft-spoken Nabors. “Rob’s got a great instinct for where the deal lies, what Democrats are willing to do, what Republicans are willing to do. He’ll say, ‘Here’s what’s going on, here are what the odds are of success.’ He doesn’t ever paint a rosier picture than exists.”

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