I appreciate the President's attempts to work "with" Republican leadership, but the truth is you will never find common ground when the other guy refuses to leave his ideological island. I think it's time for the President to screw the pursuit of the middle way, unapologetically lay out the bold agenda he believes is right for the nation, and challenge the Congress (both Democrats and Republicans) to get off their sorry asses and get this country moving again.
If they refuse to even see what tricks you have in the bag, Mr. President, it's time to leave them holding that bag for a while. I hate to say it, but compromise and negotiation are a lot more likely when you have just clocked the other guy in the nose. It's time to come out swinging and win or go home.