Originally Posted by Lusankya
Obama doesn't have a choice. The Republicans are in the majority, and they absolutely refuse to accept anything but a full extension. If Obama doesn't compromise, then no bill passes, everyone's taxes rise, the economy tanks, and Obama gets blamed anyways. There's little chance for Americans to turn on Republicans so soon after an overwhelming landslide victory in their favor. There is absolutely nothing Obama can do against the will of the Republicans at this point. It's not about being a coward; he simply doesn't have the power, especially seeing as how the Democratic Party can't agree with itself on anything. Without even the full support of the Democrats, any attempt to oppose the Republicans would just make things worse.
That's what I mean. He stands to threaten at least swing-staters with his trump card. Granted, that may not be enough people even with the swing-staters on his side now d/t his blunder in the past 2 years.