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  •  Amen! (39+ / 0-)

    bipartisanship is date rape...Grover Norquist.

    Today, 2/8/09, 4238 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. Bush lied; President Obama, it is your war now.

    by boilerman10 on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 03:07:11 PM PST

      •  give them an inch . . . (13+ / 0-)

        Unsurprisingly, a right-wing effort is now underway to get Obama to be "bipartisan" in selecting judges:

        http://overruledblog.com/...

        [T]he L.A. Times advises President Obama to show his "bipartisanship" by following the same failed judicial policies of George W. Bush:

           Obama should follow the advice of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and renominate three Bush nominees whose appointments have languished in the Senate but who have been highly rated by the ABA and received bipartisan support. Specter notes that there is a precedent: Bush renominated — and the Senate confirmed — one of Clinton’s unsuccessful nominees to a federal appeals court.

           One of the three candidates mentioned by Specter, former Assistant Atty. Gen. Peter Keisler, would take the seat formerly occupied by Roberts on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Keisler was praised by the Justice Department’s inspector general for opposing the Bush administration’s politicization of hiring in the department. Renominating Keisler could signal the beginning of a long overdue truce in the judge wars.

        Reading this, you’d think that Peter Keisler was some couragous official who, at the height of Monica Goodling Madness stood up for truth and justice and almighty centrism.  The truth, however, is that Keisler is one of the founding members of the Federalist Society, who even once sat on the FedSoc’s board of directors.  After helping found the nation’s leading organization of ultra-conservative lawyers, Keisler went on to a prestigious clerkship with then-Judge Robert Bork.

        Yup, that Robert Bork.

        Perhaps most damning, however, are the very serious abuse of power allegations which were raised against Peter Keisler while he worked in the Bush Justice Department:

        According to the Washington Post, Keisler was one of a trio of Bush political appointees who ordered career attorneys to intentially weaken their $130 billion racketeering case against the tobacco industry:

        •  Yep - he left the door wide open for this (7+ / 0-)

          type of demand and now he needs to firmly close it.

          "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

          by Edgewater on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 04:22:18 PM PST

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          •  This confirmation of lifetime appointments (0+ / 0-)

            Is a place that the original Constitution should have insisted on a 2/3rd majority of the Senate as it does for treatise and some other things.  Obama would do well to call on the Congress to place a Constitutional amendment before the states concerning this need for 67 votes in the Senate for such confirmations.  The objective is to have moderate judges as opposed to left and right judges.  That is about as "bipartisan" or "nonpartisan" as one can be.  And it leaves it upt to the people and/or the states to make it happen.

            "Change comes from the bottom up".

            Lets see the Republicans fight this one!!!

            "I know no safe depository for the ultimate power of society but the people themselves" -- Jefferson

            by TheTrucker on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:17:10 AM PST

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      •  Ya misspelled "idiotlogue" (2+ / 0-)
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        "I know no safe depository for the ultimate power of society but the people themselves" -- Jefferson

        by TheTrucker on Mon Feb 09, 2009 at 12:07:50 AM PST

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    •  Give an inch and then a mile (26+ / 0-)

      The republicans are using Obama's bipartisan dreams against him. He crafts the stimulus bill to be bipartisan and the republicans treat it as if he and the dems spit in their faces. So then the dems vote to allow some republican amendments be attached to the bill and the republicans who sponsored the amendments still vote no. Obama goes to the republicans and hold conferences with them and they say that the dems aren't working with them.

      The dangerous part is that (with the media's help) the general uninformed public is believing the republicans. We need an educated public and soon.

      "If [republicans are] engaging in bad faith negotiation, don't carry on as if they're not. Call them on it." - steve234

      by LostRambler on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 03:26:35 PM PST

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      •  That's whywe should have have forced a filibuster (9+ / 0-)

        last week instead of the dog and pony show. Make it plain that the Dems are getting on with business while the GOP obstructs. In keeping with the metaphor, this bipartisanship looks like the long-abused wife cooking dinner for her abuser.

        Democratic policies are, by their nature, bipartisan, and Republican ones are not.

        by geomoo on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 03:49:05 PM PST

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        •  The mistake was making bipartisan passage (12+ / 0-)

          the goal instead of passing a good bill whatever that takes.

          I'm hoping Obama doesn't make this mistake again and, if his latest speeches are any indication, he won't.

          This from the diary simply states the truth:

          On the Republican side, Republican policies cannot give rise to bipartisan solutions.  When the core philosophy of a party is that government cannot work and should do as little as possible, that philosophy benefits only those who have the resources necessary to sustain themselves regardless of whether the government is massive or whether it's so small you can drown it in a bathtub.

          Bipartisanship that aims to placate, team up, work with, or otherwise give any sort of nod to people holding this ideology cannot work to benefit the people no matter how nice co-operation with these people sounds in theory.

          "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

          by Edgewater on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 04:07:49 PM PST

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          •  Yup, to the GOP, bipartisanship still means (2+ / 0-)
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            that the Democratic Party bends over and takes what the Republicans decide - that definition hasn't changed simply because the control of the Legislative and Executive has ....

            "There is no limit to what you can do if you have the power to change the rules." -Josh Marshall

            by grollen on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 05:25:17 PM PST

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        •  Get rid of the right to filibuster (1+ / 0-)
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          Harry Reid should just use the "nuclear option" or the more pc term "constitutional option" and change the Standing Rules of the Senate to prevent filibusters altogether.
          The nuclear option is an attempt by the presiding officer of the United States Senate to end a filibuster by majority vote, as opposed to 60 senators voting to end a filibuster. Although it is not provided for in the to formal rules of the Senate, the procedure is the subject of a 1957 parliamentary opinion and has been used on several occasions since. The term was coined by Senator Trent Lott (Republican of Mississippi) in 2005.

          I guarentee if the Rethugs get back into power they will use it. That is why Harry Reid should use it now. Get rid of the filibuster - period

          •  Sounds "shoe on the other foot" scary. (7+ / 0-)

            They threatened, but they never used it.  I wouldn't want us to be the first to do so. Abandoning collegiality and tradition to get our way amounts to embracing what the Republicans are doing.  You may be right, but I'm not ready to go there.

            Democratic policies are, by their nature, bipartisan, and Republican ones are not.

            by geomoo on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 04:31:00 PM PST

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            •  Collegiality and tradition should not be allowed (4+ / 0-)
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              to stand in the way of salvaging the middle class and everyone below from the devastation wrought by the corporatist Republican party.

              If we can save the economy without it fine.  But if the situation calls for it I support doing it.

              Enough with hiding what the Republicans have done and are doing.  They want to turn our country into a third world country that slaves to increase the profits of the multi-national corporatocracy.  It must end.

              "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

              by Edgewater on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 04:52:17 PM PST

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              •  These are the same Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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                who called conference committee meetings without inviting the Democrats.  Someone really needs to tell them that tax cuts got us here in the first place, and if they want to discuss tax cuts, that's fine, but it isn't going into the bill.

                They make it so damned hard not to act just the way they did.

                The process needed to be, the experts say this, here's the bill that incorporates what the economists say, we've added some lower income tax relief, this will stimulate the economy by doing x, y, and z, take it or leave it.  Let them filibuster if they must - let the people know who is keeping the relief from them.

                If not me, who? If not now, when?

                by ramara on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 05:21:04 PM PST

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                •  We disagree only with respect to strategy (3+ / 0-)
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                  And your argument is at least as good as mine.  Whichever strategy is chosen, it needs to be chosen with the full realization of the truths we are discussing here:

                  They want to turn our country into a third world country that slaves to increase the profits of the multi-national corporatocracy.  It must end.

                  Pretend bipartisanship is nowhere.

                  Democratic policies are, by their nature, bipartisan, and Republican ones are not.

                  by geomoo on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 07:30:36 PM PST

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          •  Reid is too wimpy to use the "nuclear option." (4+ / 0-)

            The problem is Harry Reid is a damn WIMP! You can't count on Reid for anything. Reid is and probably always will be a spineless coward.

          •  The reason the Repubs didn't use it (2+ / 0-)
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            under Bush is because the Dems acquiesced in co-forming the Gang of 14; aka, they cut a deal to allow some concessions but not all of them. I would like to see the Repubs face the same scenario this time around, and maybe inducing fear by threatening the nuclear option would be a way to do that. If that doesn't work to suppress their fili-mania, I'd be in favor of reconsidering the fili option, though with reservations, in that that we'd be stripping possible future Dem minorities of one of their few defenses.

      •  The Repubs will come to regret their stand... (5+ / 0-)

        ...on this stimulus bill and many other items that pass through Congress.

        I think Pres. Obama will lose patience with the obstructionists who cannot understand the simplist explanation about why tax cuts WILL NOT WORK in this situation.  

        Perhaps one of the more important tasks for Pres. Obama is to constantly hammer his common sense approach to the various bills and plans (backed by economists, health services experts, etc. in the appropriate topic) to the MSM, and perhaps despite their cynicism and seeming rightward-leaning, they may eventually come to evaluate his proposals objectively -- and stop sounding like Republicans themselves.

        I can't believe how many squirrelly neocons claim that the MSM is leftward-leaning.  I guess that there's only one news network that sounds like FoxNews, though.

        •  MSM Right Leaning? (0+ / 0-)

          MSNBC Right leaning personalities, Pat Buchanan, Joe Scarbrough. No one in the editorial dept. NBC none. CBS none. ABC Jake Tapper(sort of) George Will. CNN None. Fox Left leaners, Shep Smith, Greta Van Sustern, Geraldo Rivera, Juan Williams. Numerous Fox News contributors. Get real with your MSM claim.

    •  I happen to believe (9+ / 0-)

      that Norquist meant that not descriptively, but prescriptively to his Republican audience.

    •  If I know it (4+ / 0-)
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      and you know it, November '08 should say the Democrats know it, then all we should need to do is stand out of the way as the remains of the Republican Party of Newt   is scattered in the midst of history.

      Yet, like mothers, we keep hope that there remains some good amongst the jackals of Democracy.

      Don't make me stop the car and come back there!

    •  Norquist AND Tom DeLay, both. (0+ / 0-)

      Both said it.

      [When] the land... has become private property, the landlords... love to reap where they never sowed, and demand rent even for its natural produce. ~Adam Smith

      by ogre on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 05:49:45 PM PST

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    •  Well said (0+ / 0-)

      On the Republican side, Republican policies cannot give rise to bipartisan solutions.  When the core philosophy of a party is that government cannot work and should do as little as possible, that philosophy benefits only those who have the resources necessary to sustain themselves regardless of whether the government is massive or whether it's so small you can drown it in a bathtub. From the chant of tax cuts at any cost to the fanatical focus on depriving the neediest of resources under the banner of "entitlement reform," Republican governance is aimed simply at helping those who need help the least

      Hear hear!

      The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. George Santayana

      by Bobjack23 on Sun Feb 08, 2009 at 09:00:38 PM PST

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