I agree, although I also am willing to give our team a little leeway in the 6 months before a critical election. Some times it is better to keep your powder dry than fire with all barrels. Nothing worthwhile is going to go through this Senate until next year. It is not worth giving the media a whole lot of ammo to help paint our side as unwilling to compromise at this stage, because we’ll get nothing out of the effort.
Haggling involves a bottom line. There must always be a low to which you are not willing to descend.
We need a party, be it Republican or otherwise, that recognizes the bottom when they see it, and refuse to go.