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Obama Bipartisanship

What Obama Could Learn From Bipartisanship In The Bush Era

The New Republic | Noam Scheiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Everyone remembers that George W. Bush's first tax cut was contentious when Congress considered it back in 2001. So contentious, in fact, that the Bus...

Bipartisanship and Other Urban Legends

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

If voters reject the Dems in November, it won't be because they legislated too far to the left, or to the right: It will be because they were outflanked by their opposition and didn't get to legislate at all.

Weathervane Week

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

How much more of this will it take before Obama and the Democrats grasp that bipartisanship is a dead letter, a lousy tactic, and a sign of presidential weakness?

Snubbed by the White House Press Office

Douglas MacKinnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas MacKinnon

I take the president's word that he values the opinion of the "loyal opposition." I just find no proof of it reflected in my interaction with his press office.

Jason Linkins

Bipartisanship Missing From Final Votes: Whose Fault Is That? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the weekend, NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Twitter account to say what The Plum Line's Greg Sargent characterizes as one o...

Gridlock in Congress: Who Will Blink First?

Bill Lucey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lucey

Was this what the Framers had in mind when they wrote the Constitution, making it virtually impossible for drastic reform to take place with a bicameral legislature? It sure looks that way.

Obama To Visit House GOP Retreat In Baltimore

Baltimore Sun | Paul West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama plans to extend a hand to his political antagonists at a House Republican retreat today in Baltimore. But the exchange - part ...

Obama Plans Meetings To Make Amends With GOP Leaders

The Hill | Alexander Bolton and Tony Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama told Republican leaders Wednesday that he will schedule regular meetings with them to discuss his agenda, a gesture GOP lawmake...

The Obama Presidency at One Year: Taking Stock of Bipartisanship and Post-Partisanship

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

Bipartisanship and post-partisanship remain central themes and objectives of President Obama's stewardship. But, there is no set rule-book for what these terms mean or how they should be applied.

Who will be the Killer D's

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Obama created the space for the Democrats to work. He outlined a lot of stuff, but did not get specific in the semantics. He opened up the lane once again for prima donna Congresspeople to drive in for the layup.

Mr. President, Republicans are Sensing Victory, Because You Won't Fight

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

We need to see President Obama's teeth Wednesday night. I want to know that there is some steel behind the cool facade.

The 3 Lost Lessons of Healthcare History: Will Obama Re-Learn Them in Time?

John Neffinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Neffinger

The New York Times recently reported that the Obama administration is heeding a list of six lessons from previous efforts to reform health care. Unfortunately, the three most crucial lessons were left off the list.

Bipartisanship Porn

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

What we've been witnessing during this health care reform process can easily be defined as "bipartisanship porn." It's a display of bipartisanship so obscene and excessive that it borders on perverse.

Killing Yourself with Kindness

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Republicans made it clear that no goodwill gesture, no effort to meet them halfway signals anything other than weakness. Will somebody explain to me why Obama is still on his bipartisan kick?

The Compromise President: Resting A Legacy On Weak Bridges

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Obama's tendency to make concessions in the name of bipartisanship appears to be encouraging him to water down reforms to the point where they may no longer work.

Sam Stein

Obama To GOP: You Have To Start Meeting Me Halfway | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One hundred days into office, Barack Obama's list of accomplishments is certainly immense. From the budget, passed by the Senate on Wednesday night, t...

Bipartisanship and Successful Polarization

Ed Kilgore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Kilgore

Was all of Obama's bipartisanship talk on the campaign trail and in his first days as president just a shuck or a big mistake? I don't think so.

Steele: Bipartisanship "Is A Fiction Of Politics"

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with the Washington Times' Cal Thomas, Michael Steele says that Obama's quest for bipartisanship is not a political reality. Mr. Ste...

How The Insiders Failed Obama

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Contrary to the conventional wisdom, it is "experienced" Beltway insiders who have actually caused the largest problems for Obama.

Majority Doesn't Want Obama To Be Bipartisan: Poll

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You routinely hear it asserted that the public wants bipartisan comity in Washington, but some striking numbers buried in the internals of the new New...

Wrong by Definition

Sam Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Greenfield

Tax cuts without a stimulus package is like shooting someone to minister to a bullet wound: it only creates more bleeding with no end in sight.

Mr. President, They're Just Not That Into You

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ari Melber

Less than a month into his presidency, Obama has found that no one is really buying bipartisanship. The notion that a bipartisan process will yield more GOP support has been officially shredded.

Rahm: Obama Lost Control Of Stimulus Debate

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, in an interview with reporters, conceded that President Obama lost control of the stimulus debate by focusing...

Nattering Nabobs of Negativism '09

Eric Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Williams

The Republicans seem to be taking "opposition party" as their sole defining characteristic as they flounder for their place in the new political landscape.

Obama's a Wimp (So Says the GOP)

David Latt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Latt

Can Obama learn to manage the political process and accomplish his policy goals and still remain who he is as a human being? Can a decent man be president?