Politics hour

I don't have much time for politics right now, but let me just say that I'm as unmoved by Republican demands for more bipartisan gifts as I was by Democratic whining after 2004.  They won the election.  This gives them the right to govern in our system.  It may be wise, as a matter of politics, to extend the olive branch where possible, and as a matter of principle, not to piss off conservatives just because you can.  But they have no obligation not to do what they think is best for their party, and the country, just to make Republicans happy.  If you want control back, build a coalition and win an election.

As an aside, I have, in fact, been pretty impressed with Boehner so far.  He's doing a very good job of making the case for principled opposition, rather than simply being the chief spokesman for party of no.