Obama and the Unicorn of Bipartisanship

I really want to like Barack Obama, because he's right on so many things, but he constantly frustrates me when it comes to his constant invocations of bipartisanship as the solution to everything.

People look at me strangely when I say this.  Don't you realize people want a united country, they ask.  Don't you see that only the crazy netroots are constantly longing for partisan attacks?

Paul Krugman touched on my point in today's column when he said "Mr. Obama's Social Security mistake was, in fact, exactly what you'd expect from a candidate who promises to transcend partisanship in an age when that's neither possible nor desirable." But maybe domestic policy isn't the best place to demonstrate the impossibility of bipartisanship today.  Instead, I want to talk about a different example, from last night's debate, that I think really crystallizes the point I'm trying to make.

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Real Bipartisanship at last!

Like everyone else here I am totally against this war and I want it to end as quickly as possible. I have been extremely frustrated with the inability of the Democratic party to make good on their promise to end this war. It is demoralizing watching attempt after attempt shot down and shut out by republican obstructionism. It makes the Democratic majority seem like a footnote rather than the preface and table of contents it should be.

Tuesday something wonderful will be happening. After more than a year of promoting his political plan to end the Iraqi civil war and allow a responsible draw down of our forces to end our occupation at last, Joe Biden's political solution will finally be coming to a vote.

Over a year ago, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE), along with President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations Leslie H. Gelb, announced a detailed plan for promoting a political settlement in Iraq that would allow our troops to leave, without leaving chaos behind. The plan called for a decentralized, federal system in Iraq which would give its people local control over the fabric of their daily lives, including police, jobs, education and government services. A limited central government would be responsible for protecting Iraq's borders and distributing its oil revenues.

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Let's Take It Back!

There are many things the GOP has either trumpeted, co-opted, been inadvertently given, or outright stolen during the past 15 years: terms of language, ideologies and philosophies, even tangible things. These things are either now found to be somewhat (and that's being nice) lacking in the GOP; some are even blatantly contradictory. As a Democrat, and actually as an AMERICAN, I say, LET'S TAKE THEM BACK!

I'll start with the somewhat obvious things and go from there; feel free to add to the list.

The Constitution, in all its glory: Let's TAKE IT BACK!

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Reaction to Senator Lugar discarding the Roadmap

Cross-Posted at Dailykos

If the nation is following the current roadmap for peace and stability in Iraq, then now the latest defection shows our urgent need for Mapquest.

From the AP:

Sen. Richard Lugar, a senior Republican and a reliable vote for President Bush on the war, said Monday that Bush's Iraq strategy was not working and that the U.S. should downsize the military's role..."In my judgment, the costs and risks of continuing down the current path outweigh the potential benefits that might be achieved," Lugar, R-Ind., said in a Senate floor speech. "Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term."

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who will/should the Dems appoint? [Poll]

The Dems have agreed to participate in the Bush's Iraq Advisory Group.  Initially, Pelosi and Reid rejected the idea because Bush insisted on choosing the democratic members who would constitute the group.  In exchange for allowing the Dems to choose the members of their delegation who would form the group, they agreed to participate.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2007/01/30/AR2007013001085. html

This is a critical decision that will let us know how committed the leadership is the withdrawing from Iraq.  One question is whether Lieberman will be allowed by the Democratic leadership to be member of the group....interesting politics.

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