There are times when it is important to show that one is the better person, that one will play the role of the adult and be the responsible one. Siblings go through this all of the time (think of your own relationships with your siblings, particularly if you are the oldest). Even in having to do these things on occasion, it's clear that it happens only on occasion. Generally, we all expect people to act like they have sense and just do what is necessary to achieve the goal.
Then there are those times when that shit simply doesn't work.
In yet another reminder as to why I am not a Democrat, I just finished reading an article from Greg Sargent, where the Hill Democrats are bemoaning the fact that Hill Republicans simply won't cooperate or be flexible. All I could do was shake my head and chuckle. The article was a big fat advertisement on why Democrats often get played, and end up looking like Boo Boo the Fool, when the day is done.
Republicans have been forthright in stating their goals and objectives, and they haven't relented. Hell, they used that clip from "The Town" to rally the troops. They keep telling us who they are, and Democrats refuse to listen. No one wants to support people who seem mired in cowardice. Why not try standing up to the bullies in your midst, instead of pleading for them to cooperate? Maybe, just maybe, if Democrats try that, then they might find that they have more support than it seems.