Asked about Obama’s negotiating strategy, Peter DeFazio (D-OR) nails it:
What strategy?! … I mean the normal thing in negotiations is, you know, I stake out my best position, my best offer, they stake out their best position, their best offer, and we end up somewhere in between. The way it’s worked so far is Republicans stake out their best position, their best offer, the president accepts it and says, ‘what else do you need?’
Yep. They say jump, you say how high? It really boggles the mind that Obama was thought to be any kind of progressive and visionary thinker — unless of course you think screwing yourself royally, repeatedly and deliberately is visionary.