For compromise to work both sides must be willing. Both sides have to be willing to give and take. The president must be willing to say I will give you that because it is important to you if you give me this because it is important to me. Both sides also must be willing to accept a half of loaf if they can’t get a full one. This willingness to take a couple of steps back on an issue so latter on you can take three or four steps forward is totally lacking.
I consider the best president’s in my lifetime to be Eisenhower, JFK, Reagan and Clinton. IKE worked very closely with LBJ, then senate majority leader and had him over to the White House three times a week to discuss how IKE could get what he wanted through congress. Of course this also included what LBJ wanted. JFK worked very closely with Everit Dirksen, then senate minority leader to do the same. Then there is the legend of Reagan and Tip O’Neal, then Democratic Speaker of the House coming together so each could get some of what they wanted. Even Clinton worked across the aisle with Gingrich, Hastert and Lott. But the bottom line is each president has to be the first to approach those across the aisle and to show he is willing to work with them. This four president's reached out to those across the aisle and had serious discussions with them and in the end worked out compromises where each got some and gave some. President Obama has never reached out, he has no one on the opposite of the aisle he can go to when things gets tough. Tradition and History have shown it is the president who must first show a willingness to work with the other side, who must reach out first. This president hasn’t done that preferring to make those fellow Americans across the aisle his own worst enemy.
So I assume the “My way or the highway,” the all or nothing approach will continue for the next 2 and one half years. Neither side budging an inch.