What the Sequester Fight Shows About the Bipartisan Fetish

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 1:40 pm

The sequester was created in the most bipartisan way possible. It was a proposal from a Democratic President to find a way around an impasse with House Republicans that both sides each believed would eventually advance their long-term agendas. It was approved by a Republican House, a Democratic Senate and signed by a Democratic President. As a result, everyone will agree this is a truly horrible policy that will needlessly hurt the country, but no one responsible for it will probably ever pay a political price.

 

Patriot Act Vote Reminds Us How Bipartisanship Undermines Accountability

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 1:59 pm

Now, ten years after 9/11, with Osama bin Laden dead, in a broad bipartisan vote, the United States Senate moved forward with another extension of the “temporary” Patriot Act. The vote was 74-8. Both the support and the very limited opposition to this extension were near-even slits along party lines; true bipartisan efforts.

McConnell Admits Bipartisanship is About Subverting Accountability

By: Friday May 13, 2011 12:30 pm

Here you have McConnell openly admitting the reason there is a bipartisan fetish among the elites in Washington is that it totally destroys democratic accountability.

Compromise Fetishists: How Secret Deals Obscure Accountability, Subvert Democracy

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 11:02 am

There is nothing inherently good about compromise. The ability to form a good compromise, when it is necessary, is an important skill. But you should compromise only when you can’t completely achieve what you want without it. If you have sufficient votes or support for your position and think it is the best choice of action, then you should pursue it. Compromising in that instance is stupid.

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