I've been an avid reader and follower of Buchanan even before he first ran for the republican nomination against GHWB in '92. I know that Pat understands power politics better than almost anyone. Therefore, I am surprised that he continues to say that Obama is refusing to negotiate with the defeated opposition. Obama is currently at the height of his power. All presidents take advantage of this when they are in his position. It would be folly for him to capitulate on the tax issue when he campaigned on it for the past year.