“Compromise” Means “I Win”

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Obama suggests Republicans unwilling to compromise in gun control debate

President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor listen to the American public on the issue.

“The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.

Obama also said he can get 50 percent of public support for many of his upcoming initiatives, but “I can’t get enough votes out of the House of Representatives to actually get something passed. … I think there is still shock on the part of some in the party that I won re-election.”

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“If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it,” he said. “I think John Boehner genuinely wanted to get a deal done, but it was hard to do in part because his caucus is more conservative probably than most Republican leaders are, and partly because he is vulnerable to attack for compromising Republican principles and working with Obama.”

The president argued that “the more left-leaning media outlets recognize that compromise is not a dirty word” and that party leaders, including Senate Majority Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are “willing to buck the more absolutist-wing elements in our party to try to get stuff done.”


First of all, the American people do not support gun control. The media does, but they are a tiny fraction of the American people. Some of them aren’t even American.

Secondly, there are some issues I don’t expect my elected leaders to compromise on. If we are discussing how much to spend on schools then compromise is okay. When we are discussing our basic constitutional freedoms then there is no room for compromise.

If Candidate A says he supports gun control and Candidate B says she supports the 2nd Amendment, I’m voting for Candidate B. If she wins the election I expect her to go to Washington and support the 2nd Amendment. I am part of her constituency. We won the election. But there are a bunch of other elections too. If our side loses most of them then the other side has enough votes to prevail on the issue. But if our side wins most of the seats in Congress then we have a right to expect them to keep their promises.

If the Democrats want gun control they are free to make it a campaign issue. If they win enough elections they can try to implement gun control into law. This may require winning enough elections to amend the Constitution, but if they can do it then that’s how democracy works.

But until they win there is no reason to compromise. We have a default position which is the current law.


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35 Responses to “Compromise” Means “I Win”

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I also have a problem with Obama’s attitude that the GOP knows he’s right but are just being obstinate.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The president also faulted nonpartisan media outlets for their adherence to “he said, she said” journalism, which places equal blame on Democrats and Republicans when, according to the president, Republicans should bear more blame.

      “[T]hat’s one of the biggest problems we’ve got in how folks report about Washington right now, because I think journalists rightly value the appearance of impartiality and objectivity,” Obama told Foer and Hughes. “And so the default position for reporting is to say, ‘A plague on both their houses.’ On almost every issue, it’s, ‘Well, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree’—as opposed to looking at why is it that they can’t agree. Who exactly is preventing us from agreeing?”

      • Mary says:

        Mr. President, it is your Senate Democrats who can’t come together on your gun control legislation. You can’t even get THEM to agree as a majority, let alone reach across to Repubs who are acting on the wishes of their constituents.

        Give it up, Mr. President. We’re on to your hustle.

        • DandyTiger says:

          Yep, the irony is, it can’t pass the senate. The things being proposed now can’t get the vote from Dems even. Now if they make it something like universal registration, including gun shows, they have a good chance. But that would be called compromise.

        • Mary says:

          Yup. If they went for universal background checks first, they’d get a majority.
          But they want it all, and won’t compromise.

        • Mary says:

          Oh,…and Mr President, it is your own fellow Democrats who won’t allow YOU to do anything about entitlement reforms to reduce the deficit, or compromise with Boehner in doing so.

          YOU are hindered by the extremes in your own party, Mr. President.

          Work on that , first.

      • lyn5 says:

        Bronco is so full of it that he can’t think straight. Does anyone listen to him?

  2. foxyladi14 says:

    I like the current law. :)

  3. Constance says:

    When is Obama going to do something about violence in our culture being caused by violent force fed media channels that no one wants. Media does not reflect our culture the current mix of channels is selected by the men who run media and force fed into our homes then payment is extorted for violent garbage programing we don’t want. We should have the OPTION of cable a la carte. Corporate Media has nothing to fear from this since they state that they reflect our culture, naturally everyone will pick all the channels they already get. Or not. Why is it we can talk about restricting my second amendment rights to curb violence but we can’t discuss consumer rights for media consumers to curb violence or we might infringe on the first amendment rights of a few corporations, I guess the first amendment gives media the right to extort payment for violent garbage content no one wants.

  4. foxyladi14 says:

    Obama don’t compromise. He is the my way or the highway prezzy. :shock:

  5. votermom says:

  6. driguana says:

    I grow to dislike Obama more and more each day….what a manipulating coward….he really is gutless!

  7. westcoaster says:

    if Obama says he can only get 50%, how is that different from Romney saying he won’t get 47%? Shall we all start saying we’re the 50%? (by the way, 53% is higher than 50% :))

  8. Jadzia says:

    Republican congresscritters are concerned about representing their constituencies? FETCH ME MY SMELLING SALTS.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Last I checked Fox News and Rush were a free press. (It might be worth a listen to Rush tomorrow, this is like catnip to him :D )

    But to Obama’s supporters, this is a dog whistle to attack them and their sponsers …. again. Wait for it …..

  10. fif says:

    “The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they’re really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic.

    This is why I can’t stand Obama – he’s such a hypocrite, and always throwing out straw men to demonize. It’s called democracy and politics, and you play it ruthlessly. You just don’t like it when you don’t get your way. He’s such a phony. Gee, representatives representing their districts? The Horror!

    • Mary says:

      Notice he doesn’t even mention the “sharply gerrymandered districts” that are very safely Democratic and will not compromise at all to find a middle ground.

      He really does think we’re all too stupid to see it, doesn’t he?
      Or he knows, but plays stupid political games, while accusing others of being the problem.

      What an asshat.

  11. SWPAnnA says:

    I’m still following the line that it’s the unemployed, unsupervised, out of control young males we need to manage better. Nancy Lanza armed and trained her son despite her concerns about his stability. Part of even legally purchasing a gun is that it’s illegal to buy a gun for someone other than yourself. Only you submit to the background check, which her son could never have cleared, and only you take responsibility for any crimes in which that gun might be used whether “stolen” or borrowed.

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