In an AP interview Obama stated:
Is there any reason to believe that he will really do this? Didn't he promise unification in 2008? How can a campaign based on such divisiveness make one believe that the goal is unifying compromise?If Republicans are willing, Obama said, "I'm prepared to make a whole range of compromises" that could even rankle his own party. But he did not get specific.
He has proven willing to rankle his own party, but so far it's been to take things farther left.