Who remembers this question asked of Eric Cantor by Fox News host Chris Wallace on August 4, 2013?
“But Congressman, rightly or wrongly, none of these bills that you passed is going to become law. Your own members say they’re not going to pass the Senate. The president won’t sign them. Let’s talk reality. You haven’t passed a Farm Bill. You’ve only passed 4 out of 12 appropriations bills you’re supposed to pass. We face government shutdown and debt limit in the fall. Again, is the best way to spend your time passing bills that aren’t going to become law?”
Yet they kept at it.
The GOP ignored all the president’s previous compromises on the Affordable Care Act before it passed, even though after they got the changes they demanded, the GOP in the House voted against it anyway; ignored their own statements that a vote for Romney was a declaration that the American people did not want “Obamacare” while a vote for the president was support of it; ignored that as early as 1989 the GOP and the Heritage Foundation insisted Healthcare contain the very things they now oppose when they were included; and not having gotten their way, maneuvered to shut down the government and blamed the president for that.
Ignoring all previous compromises, and hoping people would forget them, they now claim the president refuses to compromise.
If I refuse to allow someone to burn down my home, I cannot be accused of not compromising because I then don't go along with their request to burn down only a part of it.
Hizonner, Mayor James Michael Curley, once stated that the collective memory of voters lasts 21 days.
The GOP relies on this.
No, the president compromised enough already, and wants some give back from the other side. It is the nature of compromise.