I think you have missed something. Like it or not, we need independents to vote for our candidates for President, Senate and Representatives next year. If Obama successfully pins the lack of an agreement and it’s results on the tea party and the independents bite on it, we lose everything. Here is the real issue, the Supreme Court. I want Obama out so that the next vacancies are not filled by another Kagan or Sotomayor. We lose the court, all these crucial votes coming up on Obamacare and all the other crap he is pushing become law.
I've never run across a definitive exposition getting a fix on what drives the independent voter. "Fickle" might be an accurate description as near as I can tell so how does one "package" an appeal to hit a moving or movable target? Is it a fool's errand??? Seems like it to me.
One thing is fairly certain, independents have been moving steadily towards Pubbies almost since Jug Ears took office and began implementing his "fundamental transformation of America". It's also fairly clear, even to independents apparently, that Jug Ears and his apparatchiks have set a course to destroy America. They have become the enemy of the very principles and traditions America was founded on that made us the envy of the world.
WHY would you want to negotiate with your enemy, particularly when the tide of battle seems to be turning in your favor? If conservatives debate, quibble or cede ANY ground to the enemies of America, we slam the door right in the independents faces dragging up the rear behind us. JMHO of course; your mileage may vary...