One factor is omitted in the discussion about collaboration between political opponents (Cede Political Turf? Never! Well, Maybe. Science Times, November 2, 2010).
If the opponents during their negotiations are interrupted with messages from their constituents telling them to remember their principles and their goals, it will be very difficult for them to explore the issues being discussed in sufficient detail to arrive at the possibility of agreement. There will be no win-win and probably not even compromise.
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