GOP Base Still Doesn’t Value Compromise

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 2:42 pm

Among the general public recently there has been an increasing desire to see politicians compromise instead of sticking to their positions, but the Republican base still considers compromise a low priority.


A Compromise That Makes Neither Side Happy Is a Bad Compromise

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 7:43 am

Any specialist in conflict management will tell you that a good compromise is one that all sides involved are reasonably happy with. A deal that all sides are unhappy with is considered one of the worst possible resolutions to a problem. It gives all parties an incentive to break the deal later and can make it hard to get compromises in the future.

Voters Want Less Compromising Leaders

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 2:00 pm

Somewhat more voters want their political leaders to stand for their convictions than want the to reach compromises with the other side. This is switch from 2008, when more wanted the President to seek the middle ground.

The Party Line: Those Who Can’t Teach, “Compromise”

By: Saturday July 30, 2011 7:52 am

I seriously cannot believe I am again writing a post with one eye on the wire, still waiting for a conclusion to the debt-ceiling debacle, looking for real news to read, instead of just thrice re-boiled tea leaves. But here I am—here we are—sweating out a crisis that is as malicious as it is manufactured, knowing that when a “resolution” comes, no matter which version/option/compromise we get, it will be both terrible and impermanent.

Krugman on the Debt Debate: Cults, Centrism and Balance

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 1:45 pm

It’s not just the media’s cultish addiction to some perverted “centrist” view. It’s also the media’s unwillingness to explain that when the President and Congress use terms like “balanced” or “shared sacrifice,” they don’t mean what you think they mean.

The Great Success of Partisan “Overreach”

By: Friday December 24, 2010 9:15 am

This recent fight over extending the George W. Bush tax cuts is a reminder that, from a long-term policy perspective, hyper-partisan legislative overreach is extremely effective. Instead of trying to create a great bipartisan concession before doing something, you are often more likely to get broad consensus post facto once you force the system to accept a changed reality.

The Other War Without End

By: Friday December 10, 2010 6:01 pm

21 months after Bush’s departure, and we’re still at war with the White House.

Obama’s Tax Deal Could Damage 2012 Re-Election Chances

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 12:40 pm

Paul Krugman came to the conclusion that the Obama-McConnell tax deal could end up hurting President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid by reducing growth rates in the critical months leading up to the election.

“Show me where the compromise touched your principles?”

By: Wednesday December 8, 2010 1:30 am

Well as long as deficits don’t matter AND the poor are the only ones who do not benefit you can reach compromise in Washington if it involves a tax cut.

The Opposite of Leadership: President Obama’s Tax Cut for the Rich

By: Friday December 3, 2010 2:00 pm

President Obama has damaged America by compromising on issues of principle with the unprincipled Republicans.

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