Genuine Bi-Partisanship

by Sal on February 17, 2009

in Media Bias,Politics

Genuine bipartisanship assumes an honest process of give-and-take, and that the quality of the compromise is measured by how well it serves some agreed-upon goal, whether better schools or lower deficits. This in turn assumes that the majority will be constrained — by an exacting press corps and ultimately an informed electorate — to negotiate in good faith.

The above statement was written by now President Barack Obama in his 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope.  In a world in which the Drive-By Media did it’s job with Democrats as well as it does with Republicans, this quote would be brought to the forefront.  The media would be heavily questioning and examining Obama’s words before his election and his words after the election, and the many promises he had broken.  Unfortunately, in the world we live in, the Drive-By Media is hopelessly biased and in the tank for Obama.

In the elements of the media that do actually report news these days, people are noticing.  The Wall Street Journal has a column by William McGurn, pointing out that McCain was right when he argued before the campaign that only one candidate had a true record of bi-partisanship.  Now, McCain’s brand of bi-partisanship often drove me crazy, but it was true to himself and honest.  Obama, however, is now showing that he is as much of a partisan hack as many of us showed that he was prior to November 4. President Obama still to this day has shown that he is not capable of standing against his own party.

John McCain would have been much a more bi-partisan President than Obama is now.  When he spoke of bi-partisanship, he was sincere.  He truly believes in working across the aisle, much as that concept sickens me.  Unlike Obama, he doesn’t pay bi-partisanship lip service, but rather acts on it in his day-to-day dealings in the Senate.  His strong opposition to the stimulus contrasts with Obama’s rhetoric nicely, showing Obama for the hypocrite that he is:

If these conditions do not hold — if nobody outside Washington is really paying attention to the substance of the bill, if the true costs . . . are buried in phony accounting and understated by a trillion dollars or so — the majority party can begin every negotiation by asking for 100% of what it wants, go on to concede 10%, and then accuse any member of the minority party who fails to support this ‘compromise’ of being ‘obstructionist.’

For the minority party in such circumstances, ‘bipartisanship’ comes to mean getting chronically steamrolled, although individual senators may enjoy certain political rewards by consistently going along with the majority and hence gaining a reputation for being ‘moderate’ or ‘centrist.’

John McCain says this with credibility and says it right.  Obama should take note.

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UNRR February 18, 2009 at 7:05 am

This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 2/18/2009, at The Unreligious Right


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