Thursday, January 29, 2009

GOP Schools Obama on Partisanship

By Robert Parry
January 29, 2009

It is possible that President Barack Obama genuinely believes in reaching out to Republicans or perhaps he is just going through the motions because he knows the American people favor bipartisanship. But he can no longer harbor any real hope that his overtures to the GOP will bring significant votes for his policies.

Read on.


BBF said...

Several websites and a few of the GOP congressmen mentioned that in the stimulus package was a 4.5 - 5.2 billion payoff to ACORN...who campaigned for Obama...and is still under investigation for voter fraud in connection with the last election. Why should GOP congress members vote for 4.5 OR 5.2 billion for ACORN???

Obama’s Bill Hands ACORN $5.2 Billion Bailout

Most of the money is secreted away under an item in the now $836 billion package titled “Neighborhood Stabilization Programs.”

Ordinarily, neighborhood stabilization funds are distributed to local governments. But revised language in the stimulus bill would make the funds available directly to non-profit entities such as ACORN, the low-income housing organization whose pro-Democrat voter-registration activities have been blasted by Republicans. ACORN is cited by some for tipping the scales in the Democrats' favor in November.

According to Fox news, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., could appear to be a “payoff” for community groups’ partisan political activities in the last election cycle.

Bob Locke said...

Republicans always vote in a bloc; Democrats rarely. That is why it always seems that Republicans are in the majority, even when Democrats have been voted into the majority.

Pelosi's removal of impeachment from the table is a perfect example. Afraid of doing the right thing because of Republican backlash Democrats always back down. Remember the "Nuclear Option" with the threat of abolishing the filibuster in the Senate?

Bipartisanship to Republicans means for Democrats to yield to Republican wishes.

I admire Obama's efforts and hope he continues them, but I also hope that he speaks frankly--as he so often does so well--about Republicans being unwilling to break out of their bloc.

raymond said...

Straight up article, great work Robert. We don't want to forget just how nasty, devious, 'my way or the high way', un-American the repuglicans have become. What they did to Clinton they are set on doing to Obama, it didn't work then, it will not work now. This country needs help and it will not come from the radical right. Their act is old, tired and worn. If we can get out of this economic disaster of gwbush making they may be kicked to the cellar for a long time, I hope. They are disgusting and repulsive.

Anonymous said...

My reliable sources on both parties explain it this way. Republicans believe their one and only chance for elections in two years is to obstruct everything because they think by then the economy will be approaching Great Depression levels. Ergo, they can pick up seats in the U.S. House and Senate. The Democrats, knowing the die-hard nature of the radical conservative political myths, know full well the Republicans will not play ball. So, if the economy improves the "disloyal opposition" will lose seats in the U.S. Congress big time. If the economy gets worse, according to their argument, the American people will forgive Obama and blame the Republicans because Obama tried and is such a nice guy. My bet is with Obama and the Democrats, although none of these arguments takes into account the Republican South's strategy to "get the black man out of the "White" House. Have you observed how these racists look at the president? They just don't merely dislike him, they hate the fact that an "uppity" black is showing them up for what they are. Nor have the Republicans taken into account what other successes at home and abroad could make Obama on of the most popular presidents in the last century. My real concern is for his safety. What the secret service is not telling the public about threats to his life is scary - - real scary.

JemezSuze said...

It is an old adage that Republicans play chess and Democrats play checkers. I am hoping that Obama is a chess player and looking several moves ahead to both get the country on his side and make the Republicans look bad. I came from a whole town of Republicans and they were nothing like the ones in Congress. There USE TO BE more bipartisanship. Perhaps the voters, seeing that this brand of Repubs are in the way, will work on sending more moderates to Congress.

BBF: Ah yes, Fox News - that paragon of truth! (It isn't called "Faux News" for nothing.)And David "I did 'er Vitter" - a really trustworthy guy! Turn off Fox and watch something else.

libhom said...

BBF: ACORN is a wonderful organization that helps poor people get a fair shake. They also help first time homebuyers regardless of income. If more people went to ACORN workshops, lenders wouldn't have been able to pawn off predatory ARMs, and the subprime mortgage crisis never would have happened.