Ohio Delegation Love-in
The members of Congress from Ohio have decided to sit together as one delegation for the SOTU address. Whoopee. In one of the exceptions that proves my rule of not agreeing with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, they refer to it as “a Kumbaya moment.” That’s one way to put it. New senator Rob Portman put this entry on his Facebook page: “Proud to work with Congressman Steve LaTourette | Read More »
Despite Orszag’s Urging, President Obama Refuses to Meet John Boehner in the Middle on Tax Cuts
“Genuine bipartisanship assumes an honest process of give-and-take, and that the quality of the compromise is measured by how well it serves some agreed-upon goal, whether better schools or lower deficits. This in turn assumes that the majority … negotiate in good faith.” Sounds fair enough, right? This is actually an excerpt from President Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope”. While campaigning for office, Obama | Read More »
Remember This, Madame Speaker, When You Are No Longer One
Most of us, from either side of the health care debate have at least one bad thing to say about the “way” in which the Democrats got health care done. Of course, whether the matter is closed remains to be seen. In the meantime, I think it’s worth putting this out there for folks to consider: I see the way we did health care reform | Read More »
Where the Rhetoric Meets the Road
It is an unfortunate rule of politics that you must always watch what they do, not what they say. Words are simply pawns in a much larger chess game. Actions are the queens that go in for the checkmate. Under this logic it is easy to see why President Obama has recently played the health care game of talking up a bipartisan health care summit | Read More »
My-Partisanship: What Happens When the Won Gets Miffed at Everyone
Our nation’s great white hope for the first post-racial, post partisan administration has been strained to the point of collapse. The post-racial mantle fell away swiftly, with the enactment of “The Professor and the Policeman” morality play last summer. From that point forward, any and all disagreements with Obama’s policies or tactics have been branded as racist by the Left; I guess because this incident | Read More »
It’s not the Medium–The METHOD is the Message.
Political argument, represented in political advertising and public statements, is more than simply persuasive words. By its nature it is biased and partisan, promoting one philosophy over all others. To be effective, it must be one-sided, uncompromising, certain of itself, and aimed more at the emotions than at the mind. It must also be repetitive and persistent, never giving an inch. Most important, it must | Read More »
The History of Partisanship
I have for you two accounts of bitter partisan ranker throughout our history. Keep in mine we’re a relatively young nation so these examples are few and far between, but they more than cover the gist of my overall point. Example #1: The election of 1800. This was the round two between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Adams was running as a member of the | Read More »
Bloom Off Of The Rose Watch, Mark Knoller edition.
It’s not that the title of this article (“Obama Says Bipartisanship, But What He Wants Is GOP Surrender”) itself is so startling – as Ed Morrissey notes, it’s not exactly telling Republicans things that they don’t already know. It’s that this: It’s a familiar refrain from U.S. presidents who can’t get their way in Congress. “We must put aside our political differences if we’re ever | Read More »
Speaking of Political Expedience, Mr. President
Your new-found zest for camaraderie and bipartisanship wouldn’t be timed to coincide with your crash in the polls now, would it? I mean, who doesn’t want you to fix the jobs crisis and put that health care nonsense out to pasture like the washed-up brood mare that it has become…but c’mon now-don’t you credit us with any well-earned cynicism and suspicion as you start calling | Read More »
The GOP/White House ‘discussion’ on health care, simplified.
I’m going to sum this entire thing up, because the sooner we move past this the happier everybody’s going to be. Republican Party* (in the person of House Republican Leader John Boehner & House Republican Whip Eric Cantor): Mr. President, you claim that you want bipartisan health care talks. Do you have the moral courage to commit to junking this existing unpopular, hyper-partisan health care | Read More »
Sen. Baucus: Never mind the Republicans! Here’s our Healthcare Bill!
Some of you may remember a few days back how Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) had said that he was willing to introduce a bipartisan healthcare bill to Senate, but if he couldn’t assemble such a coalition he was willing to go it alone with just the Democrats. Well, guess what? He did: Sen. Max Baucus’ decision to release his long-awaited health care overhaul bill with | Read More »
Bipartisanship Is Dead, Say Top Democrats
President Barack Obama, who campaigned on the promise of changing the rigidly-partisan climate in Washington, has resigned from the prospect of bipartisan comprehensive health care reform, according to top White House aides. Declaring war on Republicans critical of the president’s proposal, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel offers a far less rosy picture of Obama’s success in fostering bipartisanship than the image the Obama | Read More »
Reid: One GOP Vote Makes Health Care ‘Bipartisan’ (or None)
‘Bipartisan’ has different meanings to different people. For example, the stimulus bill got just 3 2 Republican votes. Was that a bipartisan effort? According to Reid, one vote is enough to make a bill bipartisan. And based on his comments here at least, a bill can be bipartisan even when only Democrats vote for it: Remember, “bipartisan,” as we learned with the effort on the | Read More »
Blue Dog Ellsworth: Yeah, the Stimulus Was Partisan
Gee, there seem to be lots of Blue Dogs going home and telling their constituents: The stimulus was too partisan; Republicans got shut out of the process; and, The Blue Dogs are so influential that Congressional leaders can’t ignore them anymore. It begs the question: if the Blue Dogs are so influential, then why are they now apologizing and declaiming responsibility for how it turned | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Gift To Conservatives
President Obama, like many presidents before him, would like to have it both ways: get broad bipartisan support for his domestic agenda without compromising it. Of course, in the real world, politics doesn’t work that way – you can charm, cajole, browbeat, bribe and blackmail your way to a handful of votes here and there, but unless (like Reagan) you have a substantial faction of | Read More »