Dan Rather was on the Chris Matthews Show Sunday:
"All of these things we've said about what the president could do, should do, might have, could have, but the central thing to keep in mind is his opponents -- you talk about taking them out to dinner, making nice with them -- these people, politically, want to cut his heart out and throw his liver to the dogs. That does make it very very difficult to come on nice to them."
Yes, that would be a bit of a deterrent.
And yes, their insults, disrespect, and constant obstructionism make it clear that their idea of compromise is allowing the president to host dinners at the White House, reach out, meet them more than half way, and then block everything he supports and do everything in their power to destroy his presidency and legacy.
Because, you know, Republicans are falling all over themselves to reinvent their party.