Perhaps Michael would be more comfortable posting his thoughts over at the Huffington Post.
Instead of suggesting that Republicans start by positioning themselves to make compromises, perhaps the Democrats could begin the process by making a quantitative proposal. They won the election, hold blocking power in the Senate, and own the executive and judicial branches. What will they lose if the Republicans don't agree? They have several options: they can go the executive order route, declare a national emergency, etc. It's obvious that they can control the negotiation process; let the tax cuts expire; pocket the additional revenue; and blame the Republicans for the program cuts by failing to negotiate. The media will report it their way.