Here’s Obama talking to Snuffleupagus, still looking for that bipartisanship pony.
Well, you know, it is my responsibility to try to reset the tone. And I’m going to have a State of the Union speech and one of my goals, I think, I spoke about this on King’s birthday, the fact that I felt disappointed that we had lost some of that sense of common cause that existed a year ago and that I have not been able to change the tone here in Washington. I am going to keep on trying though. And the reason I’m going to keep on trying is, because if we can’t do that, if all that’s taken place back and forth between the parties is vitriol and accusations, then what’s going to end up happening is that we’re going to just keep on in a direction in which families are losing ground and they become further and further disenchanted with the possibilities of politics and government can solve any problems whatsoever.
Hmmm. If there was some “sense of common cause” a year ago, I missed it.
I do, however, remember when all but a couple Republicans in the Senate and all the Republicans in the House voted unanimously against the Recovery Act — then cheered after doing so.
Then, I remember Obama’s “Waterloo,” I remember the incessant Fascist/Communist/Hitler/Stalin comparisons from Republican members of Congress, and I remember House Republicans reaching across the aisle by sponsoring birther legislation.
But still, maybe Obama’s right. Maybe there’s something the GOP will work with him on. Maybe he just needs to find something they really want to do, and they’ll go along.
Like reducing the deficit, for example.
Top Republicans on Wednesday were hostile toward President Obama’s plan to create a bipartisan commission on cutting projected deficits, raising doubts about the prospects of a main piece of his budget strategy. [...] This sounds like political cover for Washington Democrats who are starting to realize that their out-of-control spending is scaring the hell out of the American people,” Mr. Boehner said of the tentative deal between the White House and Congressional Democratic leaders on Tuesday night.
Face it. They’re just not that into you, Barry.