Okay, going to try this again and its going to be shorter then yesterdays I’m sure (stupid computer).
My issue is not with bipartisanship, or the lack there of. I actually detest Bipartisanship in the form it’s typically used in. Bipartisanship recently has essentially either meant “Doing what we want while throwing a few bones to the opposition so that if they disagree we can say they are obstructionists/hate America, and if a few do agree we can laud ourselves for being ‘bipartisan’ while their base flogs them come election time” OR it means “Okay, we’re going to get what we want but we’ll compromise to get LESS of it”. Republicans have been horrible with it recently too, and while Bush had some clear moments (No Child Left Behind, Immigration), so it is not just a democrat issue with not being bipartisan.
I actually dislike bipartisanship. I would have zero issue in general with Democrats not being bipartisan while they’re in control, and ditto for republicans. You got elected to office by your constituents, represent your constituents and push for things that you agree with and thus they agree with. If you have super majorities you’re going to get it. I may not like it, others may not like it, and we may fight like hell to oppose it and then later over turn it, but you’re doing your voters a disservice by not going for it. Likewise I WANT the minority, be it the republicans or dems, to do anything legal in their means to try to stop that which they staunchly disagree with because doing otherwise would be doing THEIR constituents a disservice. I guarantee you there’s few if any republicans that voted their representatives into place to pass cap and trade, government healthcare, buyouts of GM, extending welfare coverage, or other such things. If their representatives act “bipartisan” in passing those things, when “bipartisan” is just a few bones in exchange for signing their name onto something that 95% of it their constituents hate, then they’re doing their people a disservice.
The only time bipartisanship actually works close to how its mythically toted is when you have a situation, ala the later Clinton years, where one party has the Presidency and one party has a loose control of congress. This forms a necessity to actually come up with unique ideas and true compromises and is one of the few times where it leads to real new ideas and reform of processes.
My issue currently isn’t even honestly as much with the Democrats in congress. While it may be the case with some its not an issue with the majority that I know of. My issue is with the President, and it’s not the act of his lack of bipartisanship but his dishonesty and manipulation. It’s the fact that a major portion of his campaign was focused around changing politics as usual, bipartisanship, being post partisan, and changing the political climate. It’s the hypocrisy and dishonesty presented by him that bothers me. It’s the miniscule effort towards true honest bipartisanship that is not laced with obvious primary motives with “bipartisanship” a distant second more for political cover than an honest attempt at reaching across the aisle. Its informing people that “I won” in response to them voicing a possible objection to a plan he’s telling them they need to get on board with. Its lecturing senators that if they want to get included they need to stop listening to a radio personality. Even recently it’s the misrepresentation of Republicans doing a fully legal and often used senatorial method is them somehow “denying the American people what they deserve”. It’s the repeated flogging of the Republicans and the previous administration while in the exact same breath trying to talk about how we need to reject partisan politics of the past. Its blatant and dishonest hypocrisy.
Which is what annoys me so with this forum and many democrats that I want. Everytime there is a gay republican, not one that’s broke any law but his only problem is that he’s secretly gay, democrats and liberals come out of the wood work to insult, flame, and laugh at him and every republican for what they claim is the “hypocrisy” of it, as if such a thing is one step away from murder. And yet when there is hypocrisy on their own side so many turn a blind eye to it.
Though, why should I really be surprised. They’re simply taking after their parties highest official. After all, Obama had nothing horrible or negative to say when a person in the news media talks about the shivers running up his leg for him. Of course, if that comment was delivered by someone from Fox News or talk radio and was shivers of fear rather than adoration I’m sure we would’ve got a long diatribe about how senators better not be listening to such propaganda all wrapped up in a nice little speech about being “bipartisan”