It’s not I disagree that in the hands of President Obama conciliatory rhetoric is a ruthless strategy. It’s more that I need some time to flesh out what this means and how it has worked out as intended and how it has worked out kind of by accident.

I think in some instances, it simply hasn’t worked out.

On the whole, though, I do think this provides at least part of an explanation for his strategy and his successes, and I’ve said as much in at least the narrow area of his efforts to negotiate the budget.