"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." - Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
"On issues that go straight to principle and straight to the concern the American people have on spending and taxes and values, there'll be no compromise." - Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN)
"And to sit here and say we're just going to go about halfway, or we're going to send a signal that it's going to be uncertain for job creators and investors to put capital to work, that's exactly what we don't need right now." - Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA)
"This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles." - Congressman John Boehner (R-OH), soon to be House Majority leader
"What's going to be critically important over the coming months is creating a better working relationship between this White House and the congressional leadership. What we need to do is make sure that everyone is pulling together, both Democrats and Republicans." - President Barack Obama on the White House talks planned for November 18
Mr. President, please pay attention to what the Republicans are telling you–and what they've shown you for two years! They have no interest in bipartisanship, compromise or what's best for the country. The Republicans even reject ideas they supported just because you are for them and they don't want you to get any credit. Take McConnell at his word: their only goal is to get you out of office. Do we have to draw you a picture?
Illustration: Matt Bors