the obama legislative agenda was built around an "advancing tide" theory.
democrats would start with bills that targeted relatively narrow problems, such as expanding health care for low-income children, reforming pentagon contracting practices and curbing abuses by credit-card companies. republicans would see the victories stack up and would want to take credit alongside a popular president. as momentum built, larger bipartisan coalitions would form to tackle more ambitious initiatives.
here's another theory:
any strategy that depends on your enemy doing what you want is doomed to fail.
so what's plan b?
convince the rest of us that just because you control three branches of government by overwhelming majorities doesn't mean you're not completely helpless:
it is mathematically impossible for democrats to pass legislation on our own. senate republicans [need] to come to the table with ideas for improving our nation and not obstructionist tactics.
this plan, of course, is based on the theory that the enemy will be shamed into helping you win when they realize they've kicked your butt ...