The LATimes: gives us a small amount of hope:
“Biden and his advisors say two experiences during the administration of Barack Obama have shaped their actions. One is the economic stimulus bill of 2009, which they trimmed to $787 billion in hopes of winning GOP support. The measure wasn’t big enough to jump-start the economy, and unhappy voters revolted against Democrats in the 2010 midterm election.”
“The second experience was Obama’s fruitless search for bipartisan support on his healthcare legislation in 2010, a months-long quest that nearly torpedoed the entire bill. Biden said it was ‘an easy choice’ to avoid similar negotiations this time.”
“His calculation is straightforward: In 2022, voters are more likely to remember whether he delivered enough aid to revive the economy than whether the bill passed with Republican votes.”
The Boy Who Cried Wolf might be the analog here: you cannot trust Republicans who bleat about UNITY! and then actively obstruct. I’ll take it on face-value that the Biden Administration learned from the mistakes of the Kenyan Usurper: you cannot negotiate with bad faith actors.