Republican Party

The Republican Version of 'Compromise'

The White House concedes the federal pay freeze and agrees to form a bipartisan panel on the Bush tax rates, and this is how the Republicans play along:

According to a letter delivered to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this morning, Republicans will block all debate on all legislation until the tax cut impasse is bridged and the federal government has been fully funded -- even if it means days tick by and the Senate misses its opportunity to pass DADT, an extension of unemployment insurance and other Dem items.

Rachel Maddow ran a segment last night about bipartisan compromise and cooperation. I think the White House needs to watch it. Repeatedly. I think the president is more interested in pandering to voters who claim to want bipartisanship, but in the process he's looking weaker -- not more magnanimous.