great point by Jennifer Rubin
"It is time to see what is possible and not what is optimal. "
really nicely written here. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2012/12/11/what-to-do-when-you-cant-get-what-you-want/
When you vote for something less horrible than available alternatives, you have not “caved.” You have governed. You have been an adult. That is what separation of powers, checks and balances and the essence of our Constitution are all about, namely messy alliances, imperfect choices, half a loaf, live to fight another day and avoid doing the most harm. If that is an anathema to some on the right, they have no business in government or selecting candidates who don’t grasp these essential principles. Simply because conservatives think Obama has the wrong idea about taxes or is behaving irresponsibly or is willing to wreck the economy to wage class warfare does not mean the R’s magically win. This is not a high school debate tournament Do you really imagine that, at this stage, the brilliance of the GOP’s arguments will simply win over Democrats?
also i liked this point
This is a discussion conservatives need to have in a calm, empirical way, resisting the impulse (on all sides) to either purge or impugn motivations — and to bear in mind that if conservatives give in to Obama’s demands, it may be a mistake but it wouldn’t be a violation of a high principle. Deciding on whether the top tax rate should be 35 percent or 39.6 percent, or somewhere in between, is a prudential, not quasi-theological, argument.
which is actually from this piece http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/12/10/at-dia-focus-should-be-on-improving-intel/#more-813347 and was linked by Jennifer