This is what happens when you try to play nice with Mr. Burns, Smithers. And yet the response is always the same - thank you, sir, may I have another?
The Republicans are not interested in playing nice. It's in their interest to smash the wheels of government to rubble. They will dig in their heels and fight tooth and nail every day Obama is in the White House. There will be fights every day after school, whether Smithers wants 'em or not.