“Compromise” is a big point of contention and has been for a while. It’s a loaded word that presumes a natural complicity or you’re a dolt. Another word is “fairness”. Since when did we decide the world is, in fact, “fair”?
Here’s David Gregory last Sunday giving Rick Santorum a cavity search on “Meet the Press Who Are Busting Their Ass to Re-Elect Obama”:
Look, if you and Obama are riding in a car and he wanted to cruise for dudes and you said “Not my thing but you can go w/out me.” Then if you got out of the car, the press would light you up for “not compromising with the president”.