Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has the unmitigated gall to whine:
Alexander also complained the White House has cut Republicans out of talks.The Republican Party thinks it has the right to be an abusive spouse. No matter what lies and abuse it heaps upon the Democrats, no matter what slanders and borderline threats it utters against President Obama, it expects to be politely, even timorously, invited to the table to negotiate. Good faith isn't even up for negotiation.
"Either they don't know how to operate in a bipartisan way or they don't want to operate in a bipartisan way," he said.
The rule of thumb: When ugly partisans pick up the stick of bipartisanship, they're asking you to let them smack you around.