Obama Media Honeymoon Over

It didn’t even last two weeks.  If you’ve watched much news coverage of the stimulus package working its way through Washington, you have doubtless heard that it passed the House sans Republican votes and that Senate Republicans have offered up their own plan.  Said coverage has almost universally been framed in terms of Obama’s efforts at bipartisanship failing, or perhaps even that Obama didn’t do enough to get Republican votes.    Poppycock.  How about the media slanting this in a more truthful vein; Congressional Republicans being their usual obstructionist selves?  I mean, I’m pretty sure John Boehner and Mitch McConnell both popped out of their mother’s wombs and immediately said no to having the umbilical cord cut.  Saying no is what they do best.

But, really, why should Obama be expected to bend over backwards to get unanimous votes?  For one thing, its not possible.  Anything that Republicans would vote for en masse the liberal/progressive wing of the Democratic caucus would vote against.  More to the point, Obama won.  Democrats hold the majority in both Houses of Congress.  The ball is in their court.  When Bush was in the White House and the Republicans held Congress they rammed through what they could.  Its called being in power.  If Obama and Congress pass things people like, they’ll get to keep power.  If they don’t, they won’t.  That’s how it works.


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