As far as the next Presidential Election, this Newsweek Article: Oval Office Appeaser states the case that Obama is not the kind of fighter other-than-Republicans need in the White House for another 4 years. A parallel the author makes is with pre-WWII British Prime Minister Chamberlain who made himself a door mat for the aggressive Germans, Chamberlain finally stepped aside for Churchill to come in and go to war. I'm starting to see the "step aside" theme from more than one source. The problem as I see Obama wants to deal with reasonable people. The problem is that the GOPpers are not reasonable. They only want one thing, the White House the next time around. If Obama wants to get something done, he has to play hardball, something he really does not seem to have the heart to do. At this point, I really hope he does step aside and give Hillary her shot (if she is up for it.) My guess the GOP would not view this as a good thing for their plans to seize the White House.