Maureen Dowd uses the quote that explains why Democrats now find themselves on Republican turf:

by Boris Rasin

In Cannon Falls, Minn., the president compared negotiating with House Republicans to negotiating with his wife.

“In my house,” Obama noted, “if I said, “˜You know, Michelle, honey, we got to cut back, so we’re going to have you stop shopping completely. You can’t buy shoes; you can’t buy dresses; but I’m keeping my golf clubs.’ You know, that wouldn’t go over so well.”

In Decorah, he said: “Everybody cannot get 100 percent of what they want. Now, for those of you who are married, there is an analogy here. I basically let Michelle have 90 percent of what she wants. But, at a certain point, I have to draw the line and say, “˜Give me my little 10 percent.’ “

Maybe Michelle should be the one negotiating with the Republicans.

I’ve written volumes about Pres. Obama’s lack of leadership, his inability to find a vision for his presidency, but when you get down to it, if you’re willing to give your adversary 90% of what they want, though Speaker Boehner says he got 98%, there isn’t anything left to fight for, let alone anything resembling or representing what you believe in.