It took Reid and Obama almost five years before they realized that the GOP was never, ever going to compromise with them. Not for a second, not even on a whim in an unguarded moment. Not even if they were given every ransom they sought.
Just like Lucy wouldn't yield, even on occasions that demanded some adherence or concession to tradition...
..or even when nothing was at stake, Kevin was not going to get in the car.
To be sure, the Democrats similarly obstructed Bush, but before I accuse myself of false equivalence, to no where near the same degree.
Seriously, the only way a democracy functions is by not granting veto powers to the minority. If the founders wanted such a veto, they'd have written it into the Constitution. They did not. (Take that you Constitution+founding fathers lovers!) By letting the majority party enact legislation which cannot be blocked with facile ease, it forces a compromise. This of course does not mean that the House will suddenly be more eager to compromise—far from it. They will, along with every other Republican, simply hunker down and make their opposition to Obama more visible.
Good. Let the votes be cast in public and we can see where who stands. I wish the Republicans had done this a decade ago instead of just threatening with the "nukular" option.
However, I bet the Democrats find a way to botch this up. They always do.