Maybe that was just for show. One can hope. But if not for show, there were two disturbing lines from President Obama in his late afternoon news conference.
In any negotiation the parties must meet halfway, he said, yet he added that he had met Republicans "halfway on taxes and more than halfway on spending." Why the latter offer? Why would the chief victor of a national election ever concede more than 50 percent of anything in any negotiation? And for heaven's sake why would the losers receive, in toto, 51 percent?
Second, as the president indirectly lectured his base that no party ever gets 100 percent of what it wants, he was speaking over the heads of a party that indeed insists on 100 percent of whatever it wants--even subsequent to an electoral thrashing--or the country gets it, so to speak.
But, as noted, perhaps this was all just for show. One can hope. The quite possible alternative is too frightening.