On Tuesday, President Obama said a bunch of high-minded things about a new era of bipartisan cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. On Wednesday, all 42 Republican senators signed a letter declaring that they would block Congress from any action at all until tax cuts for the wealthy have been safely extended.
So here's what I would suggest. Democrats, don't extend the tax cuts for the wealthy. Instead, let them do nothing. Let them stall everything. go on tv every couple of days or so and let the whole country know what isn't getting done because Republicans insist on the wealthiest Americans keeping their tax cuts.
Will they do it? Probably not. But it's a thought.