Barney Frank's Post-Partisan Depression
by Charles Lemos, Mon Oct 05, 2009 at 05:34:53 PM EDT
I am relieved to hear that some on our side of the aisle in Congress are finding their spine. Kudos to Congressman Barney Frank for telling it as it is. From The Hill:
President Barack Obama's post-partisan campaign theme has only emboldened the GOP's opposition to his agenda, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said on Sunday.
Frank's rejection of bipartisanship comes at a time when many congressional liberals are calling on Democratic leaders to pass healthcare reform by a party line vote. Frank's comments are one of the few to directly take on the president.
Frank, speaking at the Oakland County (Mich.) Democratic Party Dinner, said that Democrats could not count on Republicans to support healthcare reform and new financial regulations as a result of "extreme conservatives'" opposition to the president.
"Knowing how far right the Republican Party has become, when Obama said he was going to be post-partisan president, I got post-partisan depression," Frank said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "That would empower a group of extreme conservatives and it's simply not possible to work with them on major public policy."
Bi-partisanship for the sake of bi-partisanship is simply bad politics. I'd rather lose an election based on my principles than compromise on policy to placate those who can't be placated to begin with. Stop placating the GOP and start placating the American people.