Bipartisanship? Waste of Time!
Let's be honest. Some things just aren't what they're cracked up to be: luxury cruises, family reunions, blind dates, Twitter -- and bipartisanship.
He was doing his best again this week, hosting a meeting of bipartisan leaders at the
Yet, less than 24 hours later,
It's the new mantra of the party of, by, and for plutocrats: "Tax Cuts for Millionaires." And so much for bipartisanship.
Once again, McConnell demonstrated his definition of bipartisanship: You buy what my party wants. Period. But what do you expect from a man who declared that his number one legislative goal over the next two years is to deny
Don't get me wrong. Of course, bipartisanship is a good idea. In theory. But that assumes both sides are willing to compromise. Which was the case with
That's the way things used to work. But no longer. Not with this gang. Not with
Much to Boehner's surprise, Obama responded with an enthusiastic yes. The meeting was set for
That's what he was saying in public. But behind closed doors he was singing a different tune. The morning of their meeting, before Obama had even climbed into his car for the drive to
And that flat-out rejection of Obama's bipartisan outreach continued for the next two years. After compromising on the public plan option, how many Republican votes did he get in the
Actually, cooperation was even worse than that. Because, in most cases, Republicans saved themselves from having to vote against Obama by invoking a filibuster. Under Republicans, in fact, use of the filibuster has become the rule, rather than the exception. By demanding a filibuster before every vote, even on procedural matters, they've made 60 the new 50. McConnell set a new record with 61 filibusters in the last session of
Obviously, under those conditions, it's impossible to get anything done in a bipartisan manner. The only question is: Why doesn't Obama get it? He's sincere in wanting to govern as a post-partisan president, but McConnell and Boehner will never let that happen.
Take ratification of the New START Treaty. There's no more important issue before the
Obama has no choice but to forget about working with Republicans and ram through middle-class tax cuts, extension of unemployment benefits, repeal of don't ask, don't tell, and the New START with Democratic votes only.
Bipartisanship sounds good. But as long as McConnell and Boehner are in power ... fuhgeddaboudit!
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