In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, in which he demonized Mitt Romney (Mitt Romney!) as an extremist, Obama made an intriguing promise:
Obama also offered a glimpse of how he would govern in a second term of divided government, insisting rosily that the forces of the election would help break Washington’s stalemate. He said he would be willing to make a range of compromises with Republicans, confident there are some who would rather make deals than remain part of “one of the least productive Congresses in American history.”
With the remarks, Obama set up a contrast between Romney, whom he cast as an extremist pushing staunchly conservative policies, and himself, by saying he would work across party lines. It was a seeming play for the independent voters who decide close elections and tell pollsters they want to see the often-gridlocked politicians in Washington solve the nation’s problems.
You know your rhetoric has lost its golden glow when even the Associated Press writes it up incredulously.
But still, I have to imagine that at least some reporter in America is going to ask for specifics on this compromise pledge. What in the world will Obama say he's planning to compromise on after refusing so steadfastly to do so this far?