He's been playing partisan hardball for four years, and while it's gotten some things for his "side", it's cost a hell of a lot as well.
That's a lie and you know it.
He didn't have to do squat the first two years; just sit back and let Pelosi do all the dirty work.
Sure. Obama has shown that he is only able of getting things done when he only has to get the cooperation of people who already agree with him. He's shown absolutely zero ability to work with anyone who doesn't. Which honestly shouldn't surprise us. His entire work history consisted of working only with people who all agreed with him. He's never needed to actually win someone over to his position, nor to find common ground and agreement with those who disagreed with him in any substantial way.
I suspect he honestly doesn't know how to compromise. It's not even a matter of him not wanting to. He's like a child who's always gotten exactly what he wanted one day running into someone who says "no", and has absolutely no clue what to do at that point. He has no experience with it. The very concept of having to work with anyone who doesn't just automatically give him whatever he wants is foreign to him. So it's not surprising that partisan gridlock has been nearly absolute since he's taken office.
Edited, Jan 23rd 2013 2:47pm by gbaji