[QUOTE=Gerry Clinchy;1241924]Zeus, there are nearly 200 bills passed by the House that Reid refuses to bring to the Senate floor. Most are R-sponsored bills, but about 30 of them are D-sponsored bills............................................. ..............
50 of those bills were attempts to repeal the ACA which no Dem holding a majority leader's position is going to let fly. I don't know how many of the others are frivolous as trying to make every fourth Thursday as National Bow Tie Day, but there are probably some of those. Boehner is probably sitting on quite a few himself. Have you checked?
Politics was defined when I was taking Poli Sci courses (back in Ancient history) as being the art of compromise or as 'the Donald" would define it as "the art of the deal." The progress of the country moved forward on the strengths of these deals. Tip O'Neil was one of those house speakers that could cut a deal. Lydon Johnson was a master at it.
So was Reagan to some degree.
My strongest image of Republican leaders is Bob Dole, on the night of the 1992 election, saying that he was going to make it as difficult as he could for the new POTUS and do everything in his power to make sure he was a one term president. The second image was of John Boehner, on election night 2002, parroting the same line in regard to Obama. Now these folks had no intention to play ball.
The infiltration of the Tea Baggers into Congress has made matters worse. They don't play well with others and they are not Yankee enough to know how to cut a deal. Yet, the Republicans expect Reid to roll over for their demands for total unconditional surrender.