Game of Chess, Obama let them have a pawn, so what?!... I'm left of center on most issues, but libs to the left of me need to stop pretending like the President is a Dictator that can do whatever he wants. He needs cooperation to get things done. This talk of a potential nominee to th left of him for 2012 or not supporting him going forward makes no sense. Pragmatically how can you dismiss the guy that's on your side? You don't have a better alternative and won't at any point for at least 6 years. He's picking and choosing fights. Maybe you think he should pick more wisely or negotiate harder and play better hardball, but dismissing him outright as a sellout is unfair and not smart. I don't even think that's an opinion. It's a fact. If you want him to toughen up fine, but don't throw him under the bus. The tax break for the wealthy for 2 years isn't that large, relative to the potential political gain he could garner from throwing them a bone if you/us libs would allow it.