In the meantime, there's only so much of the brinksmanship the public will tolerate.
Republicans might feel the pressure for negotiations to succeed, but the White House shouldn't be smug, Walker said.
"I don't think this was a mandate election at all," Walker said. "For anyone to say they have a clear mandate from the public I don't think is credible. The public is saying we're tired of the partisan bickering we want you to go to work and do your jobs."