It seemed from the start that President Obama really wasn’t interested in the kind of raw partisan warfare that defined the Bush Era. After all, hasn’t Obama preached “the politics of unity”? But now, it seems like those happy dreams of “bipartisanship” have been dashed.
I mean, wasn’t this stimulus bill supposed to get at least 80 votes in the Senate? Wasn’t Republican Judd Gregg supposed to be our Commerce Secretary? Weren’t we all supposed to get along?
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming President Obama for the collapse of “bipartisanship”. I just wonder if it was ever realistic for him to think the GOP would immediately cease fire and cooperate. After all, don’t they stand to gain more if Obama fails than if this nation were to succeed with Democratic policies?
Am I wrong? Am I being too cynical? Or am I onto something? Will the President need to focus more on keeping Democrats together than bringing in all the Republicans? What are you thinking this morning?
Let’s chat about what “the end of bipartisanship” really means.