There is a fine difference between aggressive negotiating and brinksmanship. The former may lead to pushing an opponent nearly into unconditional compromise but there is always some give and take. With the latter, there isn't. As the term implies, one party is prepared to push the other to the brink, and then give him a shove off the edge for good measure.
One example of this phenomenon in the Jewish world is the way the Chareidi leadership is currently interacting with the non-Chareidi Torah-observant communities. There is no other word for their tactics other than brinksmanship. It would seem their interest in clear - to control all aspects and characteristics of Torah observance as defined by them.
Look at the events of the last few years and the cultural trends and the pattern becomes clear. One group has decided that they represent "Torah true" Judaism with any group that differs representing a deviation from the norm and therefore inferior. Conversion, tznius, kashrus, the standards are set by one group and the others are told "You have to hold by these because we won't recognize or accept yours."
Does such a position generally work? In a word: yes. When the Israeli Rabbanut, under its current Chareidi leadership, decided to change the standards of conversion so that only they would be able to decide "who is a Jew?" the RCA put up a brief fight and then submitted. What was the alternative?
Well what is the alternative? Modern Orthodoxy, as a movement, has an important choice to make because history is moving along and either it controls its destiny or gets swept away in the current. There are two choices:
a) accept what those on the right consider the inevitable. Modern Orthodoxy is an aberration, an illegimitate and weak form of Torah Judaism. It has no future, it cannot control its halachic destiny and therefore all those MO Jews who are serious about Torah observance have to stop fooling themselves, go out and buy black hats and suits and come home to the Chareidim, leaving the rest behind to merge into Conservatism.
b) stand up to the opposition and say "Ad kan", until here. If pushing back means Chareidi leaders announcing that non-Chareidi Orthodox converts will no longer be recognized by the ultra-Orthodox, if pushing back means the Chareidim will no longer eat in MO institutions or recognize their rabbis' authorities, so be it. The only way MO can survive into the future as a distinct entity is to jump off the cliff before being pushed.
Not an attractive source of options, are they?