Sunday, April 12, 2009

The status of bipartisanship

Dan Balz reports on status of bipartisanship from the view of Washington insiders, and in doing so buries the lede,
Given the makeup of the two parties, a more reliable arbiter of the ongoing political debates may be the attitudes of political independents. To date, they are sticking with Obama. In Gallup's most recent weekly average, 60 percent of independents said they approved of how he was handling the job, statistically unchanged from the week of his inauguration.
When will members of the Washington press corps just tell the unpleasant truth that the GOP has no intention of doing anything to support the President? It was no different during the Clinton administration when that President was also forced to pass a budget without a single Republican vote.

Before even meeting with President Obama on his stimulus package in January, Boehner and Cantor were rallying their troops to vote "no" and bragging about it to anyone who would listen. And in the spirit of bipartisanship, Obama added additional tax cuts to the bill and other items sought by Cantor, for which the President was rewarded with not a single GOP vote in the house.

This is how Republicans do business with Democratic Presidents. Why doesn't Balz just say it?

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