In response to skeeter20's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
If the GOP was at all interested in anything like political unity, they would have demonstrated thus, and they would not have lost the electorate the way they did in November.
Any attempt at reconciliation is excoriated in the right-wing press and radio, and accusations of "RINO!" fly like snowflakes, e.g. Chris Christie. The kerfuffle over relief aid for Hurricane Sandy was just the latest example of the repubs' tin ear and conflicted heart.
The speech yesterday was not divisive, though some on the right would doubtless see it that way...because why change now?? That's been their theme all along. Its rhetoric was ultimately respectful of its audience and dedicated to empowering the people to take responsibility for their own destiny. One commentator has called him the "liberal reagan", and that could end up being more true than anyone realizes.
The republicans have done so, and Obama rejected it. Don't you remember the latest budget fiasco? Bohner brought to Obama the very same plan Obama campaigned on, and Obama rejected it.
Obama is a hyperpartisan ideolouge, not a hapless victim of partisanship.
I didn't say he's a victim; he just tried way too hard to appeal to the GOP's best instincts and got burned over and over and over...all while enduring myriad specious attacks on his identity and character...
...and I don't blame him one bit for attempting to take the fight to them for a change.
Obama offered a compromise (accepted), and Boehner got smoked by his own party.