There is a piece on Slate this morning that the R's have no choice but to look for areas to work with d's on.
That is a pipe dream. They said the same when Obama was re-elected. Wasn't it just two years ago that the story was that the people voted on Obama's policies and supported them and the Republicans would now have to work with the White House to govern?
The D's are going to be tempted to be obstructionist but that likely will not go over with the people if the R's stay moderate.
Two questions there. What do you mean when you say "if the R's stay moderate?" Where do you see the Republicans as moderate or where do you think they will moderate their positions? Taxes, immigration, civil rights, gun rights/control, health care, welfare? I can't see them moving to the center on any of those issues. Which people will it not likely go over well with? Will the Democrats ever make any inroads with the Republican base? I doubt it. If the Democrats fail to resist (and resist hard) the Republican agenda, will their base show up in two years? I doubt it. The storyline now is compromise means weakness and no one wants to be weak.
I am more convinced than I was two weeks ago that Obama should pull himself out of the partisanship and attempt a hail mary to save his legacy by focusing on good government.
It is mantra among those who do not like Obama that he's a far left liberal. You can't look directly at any of his policies and see anything other than a moderate, maybe a slightly right leaning one. In many places like immigration and taxes, he'd be right of Reagan. Obama is now where Clinton was in '98. His only job is to prevent a radical congress from passing any laws that further damage the country and use his bully pulpit to hammer the Republicans. Also like Clinton, he is utterly despised by his counterparts McConnell and Boener and I'm sure the feeling is mutual. (To be honest, I'm not sure Trent Lott was as personally antagonistic to Clinton as McConnell is to Obama.)
I can't see where your optimism is based on. I think the coming two years will make the last four years look like a picnic.