President Obama is often blamed for not reaching out to Republicans. In truth, as Monday morning's announcement that Obama wants to cut the pay of all federal employees illustrates, he has the opposite problem. Obama frequently proposes essentially Republican policies, which makes it impossible for him to use those ideas to buy Republican votes for bipartisan legislation.
This is what cracks me up. Only in liberal land is a "freeze" a "cut".
If you want to know why tea partiers a grabbing traction, it's because they know the difference and are tired of this kind of nonsense.