Mr. Obama said he “won’t hesitate to embrace a good idea from my friends in the minority party.” But he wants his way. He wants his energy policy enacted along with his jobs bill, his financial regulatory reform and his health care plan.
And if the opposition continues to block his objectives, he said he “won’t hesitate to condemn what I consider to be obstinacy that’s rooted not in substantive disagreement but in political expedience.”
When a sitting president calls for bipartisanship by the opposition – he really means surrender. And if they block his proposals, its “obstinacy” and not political views they hold as strongly as he holds his.
An excellent piece by Mark Knoller. And he’s right. And, in turn, the Republicans should avoid dancing with this administration until TRUE bipartisanship is in the picture. True bipartisanship involves crafting legislation with input from all sides from the ground up — what the Democrats are doing is writing 2,000-page bills on their own, throwing some minor concession in there for the GOP, and asking for GOP ownership.
Republicans need to say no. The people want them to say no.
The Democrats don’t want their interest. They want a viable vehicle for future shifting of blame. Even one Republican who could be perceived to be on board would be enough for the Democrats to place ownership on anybody but themselves.
Of course, by refusing the meeting with the president, Republicans will be chided for talking the talk on bipartisanship but not walking the walk. But that’s where the true bipartisanship comes in — if the president had scrapped the House and Senate legislation entirely and started over, that’s when the GOP should be involved.