If Orbán wanted to consolidate in order to maintain his regime he had the chance. There was a fracture in his party and in his government. His political machine has frozen. Involving János Áder, Mihály Varga, Zoltán Balog and others is only enough for a ceasefire but not for peace talks. Orbán does not want to negotiate the terms of peace. Others do not dare.
I have already imagined the scene. The prime minister visits Gordon Bajnai incognito after the resignation of Pál Schmitt.
“Prime minister, dear Gordon, I have an offer. I ask you to help me in an agreement. I offer it to the opposition to nominate the new president of Hungary. Please, after ten days name me a person who is acceptable not only to the opposition, and to us but to the international community as well. In exchange I ask that the new president in the forefront and you from the background influence the EU so that it will only examine specific laws in his rule of law and democracy examination and the IMF/EU-package will not only be harsh but reasonable as well. The new president will have a serious chance two negotiate in Europe and in the USA and he could do a lot in order to restore the confidence in Hungary.”
You claim it is a fantasy because Orbán is not József Antall who could negotiate with Tölgyessy. But Orbán was the one who visited József Torgyán in 1998 between two election ballots in Leányfalu and whispered into his ears: My dear Jóska! My dear Viktor!
László Lengyel; Népszabadság; April 29. 2012.