Pay attention, GOP

Attention Republicans.  Should the American people ever let you back into control of Congress and the White House, instead of “reaching across the aisle” and fawning over Democrats so you won’t get bad press from the New York Times or disinvited to K Street cocktail parties, take a note from Barack Obama about how to handle things:

President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.
The exchange arose as top House and Senate Republicans expressed concern to the president about the amount of spending in the package. They also raised red flags about a refundable tax credit that returns money to those who don’t pay income taxes, the sources said.

“I won.”  He did.  Convincingly.  Therefore, he and his party get to set the tone and move their agenda forward.  And if you Congressional Republicans think for one second that Obama, Pelosi, or Reid give a flying damn about what you want, you’re sorely mistaken.  They’re not in this to be “bipartisan.”  “Bipartisanship” only cuts one way to them.  To them, “reaching across the aisle” means that you come to them, not that you meet each other halfway.

When the wheel turns, as it usually does, and you get back on top?  Remember this.  And learn well.  Have a clear, cogent agenda, articulate it to the American electorate, and if they give you the chance, enact it.  In other words, lead.  Say what you will about Barack Obama, he doesn’t look to be scared of actually leading…unlike most of the Republican leadership since about 1996.

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3 Responses to “Pay attention, GOP”

  1. officergleason Says:

    …you know I said the same things over the past eight years. We liberals were called: obstructionists, traitors,whiners and sad losers.

    If the Right is not willing to collaborate and work with the Left, then there cannot be a middle ground. I honestly think that Obama will do significantly more to be bipartisan–hell, some of the left will use the same goodwin term of Appeasement–than Bush ever was while he was in the White House

  2. Lewis Says:

    Giving Ted Kennedy a largely free hand in drafting the No Child Left Behind act wasn’t bipartisan?

    Working with the Democrats on the immense Medicare Part D wasn’t bipartisan?

  3. officergleason Says:

    NCLB appears to be a fire and forget project. To quote Senator Kennedy:

    “Most of all, the law fails to supply the essential resources that schools desperately need to improve their performance. We can’t achieve progress for all students on the cheap. No child should have to attend crumbling schools or learn from an outdated textbook, regardless of where he or she lives. It’s disgraceful that President Bush has failed to include adequate funding for school reform in his education budgets. Struggling schools can do only so much on a tin-cup budget.”

    It is bipartisan tokenism–one vaguely successful project done with the Dems does not make one bipartisan.

    I’ll give you Medicare part B.

    But:
    Iraq, specifically the green zone (no one hired but a loyal bushie?)
    Afghanistan
    Social Security Reform in 04
    FISA reform

    These are areas where the Bush Administration was less than bipartisan.

    Here’s a more accurate comparison (and I would look it up myself if I wasn’t running to work): How many times in the first year of Bush’s presidency, outside of 9/11 instances, did he meet with Dems?


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