How'd That Bipartisanship Thing Work Out For You?

I'd like to ask all of the people who thought trying to reach out to Republicans in a bipartisan manner would be a good idea -- Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama in particular -- how'd that work out for you?

Could the effort at bipartisanship over the last two years have been a bigger disaster? The Democrats allowed the Republicans to make their case for two straight years while Democrats laid down their arms. And it turns out the voters didn't know why they should vote for the Democrats. Surprise, surprise.

The Republicans on the other hand went with complete and utter partisanship -- and it worked! If the Obama White House trusts one more idiot in Washington who says they should try reaching consensus with the Republicans, then they deserve the ass kicking they'll get next time around, too.

We had a Republican strategist on our show tonight and with incredibly honesty he admitted that the idea of "bipartisanship" is something that only benefits Republicans because they never really engage in it and they get the Democrats to do what they want (you can watch it here at the 6:39-7:48 mark). How stupid do you have to be to keep falling into that trap?

I guess as stupid as Mark Penn, who of course predictably calls for Obama to do just that -- again -- for the next two years. But Penn isn't stupid (the Democrats aren't stupid either, they're just supposed to be the patsies that lose to the Republicans in this big corporate game that's being played on us). Penn loves the corporatist, pro-Wall Street, Republican policies and is just using the results of this election to push for them as he did when he was running Hillary Clinton's campaign. How did that work out for him? Oh yeah.

Rush Limbaugh pushed the Republicans to fight and not give an inch to the Democrats. That strategy unfortunately worked. However much you might love the idea of bipartisanship, it has proven to be a terrible political strategy. Exactly as we said in the beginning of the Obama administration, the Republicans had no desire to work with the president on anything. We said the only thing they would want to do is to tear him down. We were right.

That's the Washington reality. If President Obama doesn't adjust to that fact and start fighting back, the next two years are going to be brutal.

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Great Analysis and Right on the Mark

The Democrats are such Woosies....."Bipartisanship" is only every heard when the Democrats have an edge in Congress. Go back to 2000, 2002, 2004. Tom Delay was hell bent to re-engineer every Congressional District in the United States so that Republicans would always have safe districts and forever the GOP would own the power of Congress. He just followed a plan that the GOP's braintrust came up with about 40 years ago:

1. Get a Republican elected President and pack the judiciary with neo-con judges all the way up to the SCOTUS--they got that done nicely and last summer it was complete--the corporate money can now be dumped into any political race with no restrictions and the SCOTUS has completely suspended the "one-man, one-vote rule for protecting minority Congress Districts."

2. Push the Democrats into a position where they a marginalized minor party.  That was succeeding but the GOP then stumbled and elected G.W. Bush. He promptly set out to only focus on two groups -- oil companies and the ultra-rich.

In any case the GOP was killing the Democratic party all over the country and looked like that was unstoppable.

When the Iraq war became a quagmire and the GOP Congress got dumped in 2006. That put an end to Bush's power to appoint neo-con judges like Roberts, Scalia, etc. It put an end to coverup's, buddy-buddy sweetheart contracts for defense contracts, it put an end to destroying the environment.

The Progressive Democrats won Congress and many including me felt that the House should seek impeachment of Bush and Cheney for the war crimes and lies that lead us into Iraq.

SO WHAT DID THE GOP DEMAND--"BE NICE TO US, DON'T SEEK REVENGE FOR WHAT WE DID TO CLINTON AND ALL THE DIRTY TRICKS WE PULLED TO GET BUSH ELECTED, AND FORGET ABOUT THE 1 MILLION WAR DEAD IN IRAQ for their oil.  LETS HAVE BIPARTISANSHIP and PLAY NICE IN CONGRESS."

 Remember the media saying that Bush / Cheney should not be impeached and Pelosi and the Democrats should be nice to the beaten Republicans........

Only persons I know that wanted to be nice to the GOP were Obama and Pelosi.  So she declined to indict Bush. Missed her chance and all those Republicans that wanted Bipartisanship are now HER BOSSES in Congress.

Don't forget Mr. Feel-Good Obama, he went everywhere campaigning on being nice and wanting Bipartisanship with the GOP. 

As you say "How did that work out for you Obammie?"  He's toast and I think the GOP in the next 6 months will start to really screw him without any K-Y lube.

But here is a historical irony:  Today, Nov. 3 the GOP is being nice and talking cooperation---

---but don't be surprised that on Jan 2 2011, the first people to show up at the White House with subpeonas for Obama, will be Darrel Issa and Ken Starr working on his impeachment. You can bet that the GOP is going to try to impeach Obama. He is a prime target for them because he is such a "Woosie-in-Chief".

HEY OBAMMIE----------GOTCHA!!!!  LOL!!!

by hddun2008 2010-11-03 01:03PM | 0 recs
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