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Obama Bipartisanship

Given How Much Americans Dislike Congress, It's Shocking Anyone Got Elected At All

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Only 9 percent of Americans approved of Congress in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, which may explain why the election drew the lowest ...

It's Time for Obama's Bipartisan Moment

Richard J. Riordan | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Richard J. Riordan

National polls show nearly across-the-board declines in public confidence in Democratic leadership. In the usual partisan calculus of win-and-loss this would seem the moment of the chief executive's maximum weakness and, therefore, of Republican advantage. Consider this, though.

Cooperation Plants Seeds in the Senate

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Whatever the reasons, it's refreshing to see that on something, our elected representatives can get along (at least in the Senate) and the system can still work.

The Strange Bipartisanship of 2009, 2011, and 2013

David Bromwich | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
David Bromwich

One sometimes gets a sense of unreality emanating from the White House that is almost a match for the Republicans.

Caught Between Two Extremes: Obama on the Couch

Justin Frank | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Justin Frank

To many on the left, President Obama is a disappointment. To many on the right, President Obama is a socialist threat to American freedoms. Both of these reactions are based on projections -- the unconscious fantasies of each group projected onto the president.

What Bipartisanship Looks Like

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Given the Republican strategy of take-no-prisoners, the only bipartisanship is capitulation. It's hard to tack back and forth between leadership and appeasement without looking like a captain who's not sure where he's taking the ship. More leadership, please.

Obama Gains Frosty Reputation In Washington | HELENE COOPER | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

Mr. Obama, in general, does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role. While he does sometimes offer a ride on Ai...

Media Fail to Tell Full "Tax Holiday" Story

Paul Kleyman | Posted 02.24.2012 | Media
Paul Kleyman

Democratic leaders and the White House are congratulating themselves as they depart for the holiday weekend about their tax-holiday victory over GOP hardliners. But the payroll tax holiday, like most vacations, will have its bill to pay.

Obama Asked To Admit To Mistakes

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama reflected on his first term in an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters to be aired Friday. Walters asked whether he coul...

What Happened to President Obama's Change?

Monique Ruffin | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Monique Ruffin

The change we are experiencing may feel uncomfortable and bumpy, but nobody said change must be seamless. We only know that change must be.

Obama Seeing Bipartisanship on Trade Deals... Finally

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business
Edward J. Black

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are expected to work together next week to pass the long awaited trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Obama's Big Chance ... and his Big Choice

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The president can win the bipartisan support of the electorate. Or he can win the support of insiders from both parties, backed by billionaires and corporate think-tanks. But he can't do both.

The Perils of Nonpartisanship: The Case of Aaron Burr

David O. Stewart | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Aaron Burr was a victim of his own nonpartisanship, his openness to working with political opponents as well as allies. Burr's story illustrates that Americans love nonpartisanship in principle but often disdain it in practice.

The New Obama Narrative

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

For the first two years of his administration, Obama had no overriding narrative, no frame to define his policymaking, no way to make sense of what he was trying to do. As of his 2011 State of the Union Address, he has one: Competitiveness.

My Declaration of Independents

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

I used to imagine the president was playing 11-dimensional political chess with Republicans, a strategy I was too dim to grasp. I've begun to wonder whether his negotiating is his way of dog-whistling to Independents that he's their guy.

Obama's Naivete on Bipartisanship Has Finally Caught Up to Him

Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Many who listened to President Obama's account of this week's meeting with Republicans believed there was hope for a bipartisan conclusion to the lame duck Congress. What planet do he and they think they're on?

A Brief History of Bipartisanship

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


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McConnell Skips Obama Dinner, Eats With Federalist Society | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sam Stein contributed reporting. WASHINGTON -- On the day that Republican leaders were supposed to have a bipartisan meeting and an intimate dinner ...

An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: 'The President Will Listen to You'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

Mrs. Obama, it seems as if everyone who cares about your husband is talking at him. It doesn't seem as if he hears any of us, but everything we know about your relationship suggests that he does listen to you.

Thank You, Robert Gibbs

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Obama's standing will depend on how well he can hold on to what he learned from House Democrats riled up by Gibbs: that he can do more for the country not by holding hands with Mitch McConnell, but by taking names and kicking butt.

What Now?

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

The GOP calls Obama a lying, socialist, Commie mole and he continues to take the high road. To borrow from a religious tradition, no matter how much you love your enemy, sometimes you just have to throw the moneychangers out of the temple.

The End of an Illusion

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

With all the health care bill's deficiencies, winning its passage would be a triumph, not just for expansion of health coverage, but for Obama's capacity to grow in office and defeat Republican obstruction.

Bipartisanship: The Coat that Hides the Same Suit

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

It makes no sense to have the votes needed to carry that position and then give up in the interest of securing additional votes you don't need to placate the feelings of those who oppose your effort.


John O'Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Kane

Obama accepts the center as the space to start the problem solving. It sounds so right. But there's a difference between ending up in the center and beginning there.

Moment of Truth

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

March 2010 will either be remembered as the month when the scales fell from Barack Obama's eyes and he realized that the bipartisan fantasy, given the current Republican Party, is a fool's errand.