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  •  We never should have tried bipartisanship. (3+ / 0-)
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    Exhibit A:

    Emanuel Says Obama Team Lost Message on Stimulus

    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel conceded President Barack Obama and his team lost control of the message for selling their massive stimulus bill last week, fixating on bipartisanship while Republicans were savaging the legislation. . . .

    Mr. Emanuel owned up to one mistake: message. What he called the outside game slipped away from the White House last week, when the president and others stressed bipartisanship rather than job creation as they moved toward passing the measure. White House officials allowed an insatiable desire in Washington for bipartisanship to cloud the economic message a point coming clear in a study being conducted on what went wrong and what went right with the package, he said.

    Exhibit B:

    Poll: Majority Doesn’t Want Obama To Be Bipartisan

    You routinely hear it asserted that the public wants bipartisan comity in Washington, but some  striking numbers buried in the internals of the new New York Times poll find that in the current context, precisely the opposite is true:

       Which do you think should be a higher priority for Barack Obama right now — working in a bipartisan way with Republicans in Congress or sticking to the policies he promised he would during the campaign:

       Working bipartisan way: 39%

       Sticking to policies: 56%

    So a sizable majority wants Obama to pursue his policies with our without Republican support. Meanwhile, a huge majority says that Republicans should emphasize working with Obama in a bipartisan way over pursuing their policy ideas:

       Which do you think should be a higher priority for Republicans in Congress right now — working in a bipartisan way with Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress or sticking to Republican policies?

       Working bipartisan way: 79%

       Sticking to policies: 17%

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 10:11:45 AM PST

    •  Oh, that'll change. (3+ / 0-)
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      If the elephant heads on TV start chattering long and heavy about how horrible Obama is, it'll have an effect on his poll numbers.  CNN will give them lots of airtime, too.

      Don't think a heavily coordinated campaign against common sense will work?  Ask the gay married couples of California.

      This message brought to you in a moment of cynicism.

      The Obama/Biden Inaugural -- the exact moment when the world went from gray to colorful.

      by alkatt on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 10:25:55 AM PST

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      •  Uh, They Have Been Attacking, Denigrating, And (1+ / 0-)
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        otherwise smearing Obama since he won in Iowa.

        Before he was inaugurated the talkers were claiming he wasn't doing enough to address the economic crisis!  After he was inaugurated they bemoaned his historic inauguration address as to plain, too negative, too whatever.  

        His plans to carefully review the Iraq and Afghanistan deployments are criticized because decisions need to be made now.  The Stimulus Bill was too little or too much depending on which side of Obama's potential support any given Media Heather had decided to try to undermine on any given day.

        None of that crap worked.  The Stimulus passes and the NY Post is publishing threats of violence while Limbaugh, Beck, and Keyes are demanding that Obama be "stopped."  Now, some Thug wizard dreams up a ranting-trader as the way to spark Malkin's imaginary populist revolt.

        It doesn't get more co-ordinated than what we have seen.  And still Obama's rises...

        Out of the huts of history's shame
        I rise
        Up from a past that's rooted in pain
        I rise
        I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
        Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
        Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
        I rise
        Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
        I rise
        Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
        I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
        I rise
        I rise
        I rise.

        "You can tell the truth but you better have a fast horse." - Rita Mae Brown -8.38, -5.54

        by majcmb1 on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 11:12:59 AM PST

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    •  Well, DUH. (8+ / 0-)

      Of course they don't want him to be "bipartisan"... NOW (Feb 18-22 when the poll was taken) because the GOP has shown themselves to be incapable of working with the majority party to actually get things done.

      Obama didn't try to be bi-partisan, then learn his lesson, and now knows he has to just push his agenda.

      As his COS made clear - it was important to Make. The. Attempt.  

      Now that they have Made. The. Attempt. and the GOP won't play nice, the public is happy to see Obama just push his agenda with the backing of the majority in the House.


      Avoid the drama, vote Obama.

      by Boston to Salem on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 10:29:28 AM PST

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    •  Public Wants *Non* Partisanship (2+ / 0-)
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      What the public wants is for politicians to be loyal to their constituents, and freely negotiate and vote according to their constituents' and their own priorities. But so long as private political clubs (with exclusive membership) are privileged orgs for raising and spending money, they're going to call the shots on votes, leaving constituents merely a "necessary evil" to be dealt with at "accountability moments" like elections.

      Bipartisanship isn't nonpartisanship. It is solidly grounded in partisanship, in parties, which is the worst institution in our government.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 10:45:14 AM PST

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