As we've made pretty clear here at RS, The O's actions thus far have been anything but "a new kind of politics." And, as expected, the Dems have now embarked on a mission to perpetrate the biggest snow job since winter started - attempting to convince the electorate that the so-called "stimulus" somehow gained "bipartisan" support.
"We're happy that Congress, in a bipartisan way, took steps to make whatever happens in this recession easier to take for the American people."
Whatever he's smoking - I want me some.
As our colleague Mark Impomeni pointed out on Randi Rhodes' program last week, the fact that John McCain (king of aisle-crossing) pegged it as a strictly partisan Dem bill pretty much says it all.
"This bill was not bipartisan. It is incredibly expensive. It has hundreds of billions of dollars in projects which will not yield in jobs," said John McCain, whom Obama defeated in last year's presidential election, said on CNN's "State of the Union."
McCain also noted:
"Look, I appreciate the fact that the president came over and talked to Republicans," he said. "That's not how you negotiate a result. You sit down together in a room with competing proposals. Almost all of our proposals went down on a party-line vote."
On Friday Dan McLaughlin did a brilliant job of pointing out the implications of the GOP's vote on the bill. Basically, Republicans had little or nothing to lose by opposing the "stimulus." No matter what, the GOP would get no credit for supporting it, and since most Republicans honestly believe this bill will do little or nothing to stimulate the economy, total opposition made perfect sense.
So, Robert Gibbs' apparent drug-induced statements about bipartisanship were amusing, but quite ridiculus. Even if the GOP did take a "bipartisan" approach on the bill, it wouldn't have accomplished anything. Let the Dems go it alone - a successful bill would do nothing for the GOP, and it stands to hurt the Left in the end if it fails.