Can you imagine something worse than a President who refuses to negotiate? Even Bush was able to reach across the aisle and strike a deal with his opposition. Clinton mastered the art of deal making, and made the Republicans think they were going to paradise while he sent them to Auschwitz.
You remember Clinton's deal to create subprime mortgages? Have we crawled out of Clinton's pit of hellfires yet?
You can only negotiate with a person who keeps his word. Speaker Boehner asked for spending cuts in the budget and accepted the budget. Now TEA party has forced him to renege on his commitment. Even Karl Rove advised Republicans to accept the Debt Ceiling increase. TEA party will eventually cost Republicans even the marginal credibility they now have. Wait till Social Security checks stop, Republicans will lose in 2014 unless they pass Debt Ceiling increase. Debt ceiling just raises money for the money already spent by Congress.