Originally Posted by W*GS
When the Right says "Show leadership", that means "run roughshod over any and all opposition, lie as needed, and smear those against you".
Ya know, the authoritarian way of doing things. Putin-esque.
Keep beatin' that chubby, man.
Anyway, in this case, no literal force is required. If the President called a press conference and said, "I'm calling a meeting in my office with Reid, McConnell, Pelosi, and Boehner, and none of us are leaving until something gets worked out" It would be political suicide for any of them to outright refuse.
Only the Presidency has that kind of traction. The fact that it's not being utilized at all tells you that compromise wasn't in the game plan.
But now with the rollout trainwreck happening in slow motion and some of the bad press backfire courtesy of the National Park Service, that red line will likely change colors very soon.