They are the intentional life-blood of domestic politics. As was intended by the Founding Fathers in their brilliance in the Separation of Powers of our three branches of government.
Barack Obama wants to negotiate. Loves to negotiate. Willing to negotiate with just about anyone. Traditional adversaries and sworn national enemies? No problemo. Russia? Sure. Tell Mr. Putin about my flexibility. Iran? Absolutely. No matter they still vow the destruction of an ally. Pick up the phone. The Taliban? Why not. Let’s get together and talk through our differences. North Korea? Red China? He’s all ears. (Heh.) Obama is willing to auction off American standing and American interests like so much attic junk at a white elephant sale.
But domestically? With Congressional Republicans? No way, no how. Not interested. Don’t wanna hear it. Not gonna budge. Because that means HIS prestige. And he is clinging to that no matter the damage to the country that elected him. He will hold our national defense hostage, like a petulant schoolboy, if he is not allowed his Obamacare, and another $1 trillion annual budget deficit, while continuing profligate government spending of tax dollars. Perhaps if for the next meeting House Republicans showed up attired in dishdasha, shouting “Death to America!” and demanding conversion to Islam, Barack would hear them out with a sympathetic ear.
Gotta say one thing, though. Barack Obama is really getting the hang of this leading from behind.