1. You can't bargain with a bully who thinks he has the upper hand. Obama is a bully.
2. If keeping a promise (whether about not raising taxes or anything else) is brainless fanaticism, count me in.
"Let me remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!": Barry Goldwater, 1964 Republican candidate for POTUS.
Principles need to be important to principled people.
PS. Btw, Gerrymandering originatied historically as a tool of the Democrat Party, to give greater power primarliy to blacks.
Your last line is funny, considering that the term gerrymander originates from Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry, who drew up a redistricting map with oddly-shaped districts in order to favor the Democratic-Republican Party, some 20 years before the Democratic Party was founded and more than half a century before black people had the right to vote.