Can’t make this up if I try,
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That’s the Dems idea of bipartisanship for you.
Robert Gibbs Scrawls Notes on Hand, Mocking Sarah Palin, while his boss is meeting with Republicans and pretending he wants “to bridge partisan divide”.
How did the meeting go?
According to aides familiar with the discussion, Boehner made the case that long-term concern over Dem policies — health care, cap and trade — was leading to uncertainty in the private sector, damaging job creation efforts. Boehner said the only way to get the economy moving again is to put these issues behind us.
That apparently irked the President, aides say, who accused Boehner of just wanting to kill all his initiatives. Boehner shot back that this was false, that Republicans are serious about bipartisan cooperation.
That prompted the President to push back again, aides say, arguing that the White House isn’t getting enough credit for the part of the stimulus that boosts federal funding for state Medicaid programs, arguing it has had a positive effect on the economy.
The dispute also spilled over into a discussion of Obama’s proposal for a bipartisan fiscal commission on how to get control over the deficit.
Obama asked Boehner and Mitch McConnell if they were prepared to commit to appointing members to the commission. Boehner pushed back, aides say, arguing that if the White House is serious about cutting spending, he should should start now, and suggested Obama use his rescissions authority to send spending cut proposals to the Hill.
Boehner pledged GOP cooperation if Obama sent such proposals to Congress. But he and McConnell refused to commit to appointing members to the commission.
Look, Obama is not interested in sending any appointee nominations to Congress. He’s proved that he isn’t by naming his thirty csars – hence bypassing congressional oversight.
Obama is not interested bipartisanship. What Obama knows is that even when he has a Democrat majority in Congress he can not get all the Democrats to support his proposals. Hence, he has to go through this “bipartisanship” charade, in order to show the Republicans as obstructive so the media will have a talking point that will continue the Obama myth.
Even then, the media’s not playing entirely along by now. In the CBS blog, this story: Obama Says Bipartisanship, But What He Wants Is GOP Surrender. Obama is that transparent:
What these presidential appeals for bipartisanship always mean is: do it my way.
Mr. Obama said he “won’t hesitate to embrace a good idea from my friends in the minority party.” But he wants his way. He wants his energy policy enacted along with his jobs bill, his financial regulatory reform and his health care plan.
And if the opposition continues to block his objectives, he said he “won’t hesitate to condemn what I consider to be obstinacy that’s rooted not in substantive disagreement but in political expedience.”
When a sitting president calls for bipartisanship by the opposition – he really means surrender. And if they block his proposals, its “obstinacy” and not political views they hold as strongly as he holds his.
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Rep. Steve King On Health Care Reform, lawsuit abuse and tort reform.
Let Gibbs carry on with the writing on the hand.