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All the Villagers have banded together once again to worship their non-existent god...bipartisanship. Fearing that a successful "New, New Deal" from Obama and the Democratic Congressional majority will relegate GOP'ers to the dustbin of irrelevancy for a generation.....Villagers and conservative usual suspects everywhere are religiously chanting their magic obstructionistic word, bipartisanship. To listen to the chanting, and as I have blogged about previously, majority Democrats shouldn't be allowed to govern from a position of majority power.....Democrats should let the minority party have it's way in all legislation, or at least, some of it's way.
This is an odd phenomenon, really. Villagers, a group subject to radical bouts of amnesia, mysteriously, forgot all about their god of worship, bipartisanship, during the last 8 years. For example, instead of incessant braying for bipartisanship to end the Iraq quagmire, a position a majority of Americans have held for a couple of years, Knee Padders and GOP politicos stood, unmoveably, on the side of the minority position held by the neo-cons.....stay the course. Instead of calling for bipartisanship when Bush vetoed several popular Congressional initiatives, Villagers praised Bush for being resolute.
Karl Rove's buddy, Grover Norquist, explained in 2003 what the Republican view, and thus the Villagers view, of bipartisanship was.....
"We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals -- and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship," he tells the Denver Post. "Bipartisanship is another name for date rape." Link
Norquist, of the, "drown government in a bathtub", conservative family, in a candid moment, explained exactly how the GOP majority would govern during Bush's reign. The Republican majority would spike their cocktail policies with bullying, ram-rod provisions and then have their way with minority Democrats. No political foreplay necessary.
Keep in mind that Bush's "wins" in 2000 and again in 2004 were by margins MUCH LESS than Obama's recent big win in November. Also keep in mind that Republicans, during Bush, when holding a Congressional majority, held it with the slimmest of margins. That's not the case with the current Democratic majority. In 2008, the Democrats expanded their majority status in the House by another 25 new members, and went from 51-49 majority status in the Senate to 59-41.
Villagers remained silent about any bipartisanship talk from 2001-2009. That could be attributed to backsliding away from their god during those years....or....it could be that Villagers only call us to worship their invisible god when Democrats are leading the services.
Whatever the case may be, bipartisanship, the god, is back on the Villager front pages and on all the Knee Padder talking heads' programs.
What that means to Villagers is that the losing party's policies should still be taken as Serious, while the large majority Democrat's policies, including the know-nothing Obama, should be regarded as Unserious.
Ohio's own, and very Serious minority House leader, John Boehner, according to Politico, also very Serious, had these extremely insightful and profound bipartisan objections to Obama and the Democrats' economic stimulus plan.
“We expressed our concerns about some of the spending that’s being proposed in the House bill,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said after meeting with Obama.
“How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives?” Boehner asked. “How does that stimulate the economy?”
Boehner said congressional Republicans are also concerned about the size of the package.
“Government can’t solve this problem,” he said.
Set aside for a moment the choice of words by Politico's odious Jonathan Martin....words like....contraceptives, stimulate, size of the package....coincidental words like that....and let those Boner words, "Government can't solve this problem," wash over you.
The free market financial industry created our current problem.....a problem they admitted they cannot solve. Serious bipartisanship participants like Boehner tell us that government can't fix the problem either. According to the Wise and Serious Republicans, then, the current crisis is unsolvable. That's bipartisanship to Republicans when they are in the minority......don't do anything. Republicans have traded in Norquist's "date rape" view of bipartisanship, temporarily, while in the minority.....for a new and even more Serious definition.....don't do anything unless the minority agrees.
Which brings me to Obama's, "I won", statement....
The top congressional leaders from both parties gathered at the White House for a working discussion over the shape and size of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. The meeting was designed to promote bipartisanship.
But Obama showed that in an ideological debate, he’s not averse to using a jab.
Challenged by one Republican senator over the contents of the package, the new president, according to participants, replied: “I won.”
The statement was prompted by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona , who challenged the president and the Democratic leaders over the balance between the package’s spending and tax cuts, bringing up the traditional Republican notion that a tax credit for people who do not earn enough to pay income taxes is not a tax cut but a government check. Link
See the Serious Villager viewpoint here? Obama, not as Serious as those Republicans who are seeking to be bipartisan, shows that he isn't above throwing an ideological punch (so Unserious). Can you believe this new whippersnapper? This was supposed to be a meeting to promote bipartisanship.....which now means doing nothing unless Republicans can get their way.....and Obama insists that he won the election. The nerve.