Here's what the WSJ reported this am on President Obama's position on the government shutdown:
Mr. Obama has said he is willing to compromise on a wide-ranging budget deal—but only after Republicans take two steps: reopening the government without changing the health law, and raising the nation's borrowing limit.
And here's how the Journal reported Harry Reid's position:
On Wednesday, the Nevada Democrat called on Mr. Boehner, the House speaker, to pass a stopgap spending bill to reopen the government. In exchange, Mr. Reid said he would agree to begin broader budget talks that would include Republican priorities, such as tax and entitlement overhauls—an offer the speaker's staff immediately rejected.
So here's what Obama and Reid are saying to the GOP: You give up all your negotiating leverage and then we'll negotiate. If the GOP caves (and I'm betting they will), why would Obama and Reid compromise on anything? The GOP will have surrendered any negotiating leverage it might have had.
But, of course, Obama and Reid don't really want a compromise. They want a Democrat majority so they can raise taxes and still increase the deficit.