During the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary season, candidates often faced questions from angry Democrats who didn't understand why we still had troops in Iraq, or did not have health care reform, even though the Democrats controlled Congress. Joe Biden was the most outspoken in trying to educate voters on this matter. He had to explained that you still needed Republican support to pass legislation. Here is a clip from one of the debates:
More recently, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) co-wrote an editorial with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in the New York Times about a bi-partisan compromise on energy policy. The bill would increase offshore drilling and nuclear power to decrease our dependence on foreign oil (something Republicans want), and it would decrease carbon emissions through a cap and trade system (something Democrats want). At a town hall meeting after the editorial, Graham was confronted by angry voters who wanted to know "why do you think it is necessary to get in bed with John Kerry?" These voters wanted Graham to stand on principle and not go along with any compromise bill, but Graham recognized that this would mean not doing anything. In his reply, he states, "what I’ve tried to do is find a way to move the ball forward as our nation is beginning to lag. And unless you make all the Democrats go away, somebody’s got to fix this country’s problems in a bipartisan manner.” Here is the full clip:
Neither Biden or Graham are compromising their principles. In fact, they are using compromise to advance their principles. They realize that it is better to gain something than nothing. So, do you want politicians that will be uncompromising and and not vote for any bill that includes something they don't like, or do you want politicians to work together to solve our nations problems and "get things done"? Because, you can't have both.