While Bill Schneider carefully doesn’t blame but certainly implicates Congressional Democrats for the lack of bipartisanship in stimulus bill. And none whatsoever for House Republicans despite their 0 votes.
"All the talk about bipartisanship that we have heard over the last several months went down the drain," House Republican leader John Boehner complained on Friday.
No counter quote from House Democratic leadership.
Obama also ran into a wall in his effort to build a bipartisan cabinet when his choice for Secretary of Commerce, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, withdrew his name from nomination.
No mention of Obama’s having already brought in other Republicans.
One reason is that members of Congress don't necessarily share Obama's passion for bipartisanship. Congressional Democrats see a partisan mandate in the last two elections. The voters threw out the Republican Congress in 2006. Then they threw out the Republican White House in 2008. If that is not a mandate for Democrats to govern, what is?
No mention of House Republicans clear intent or comments about obstructing the Democratic agenda.
Republicans saw the stimulus plan as a challenge to their core principles.
"We aren't interested in growing the size of government," Boehner said on the House floor.
Oh really? Perhaps we should review House Republicans actions when they were in control and see just how important that principle really is to them. Oh… and by the way… it is pretty clear that the House Republicans core principle is gaining and holding power at any and all costs. Everything else is a secondary principle.
Despite Obama's outreach to them, congressional Republicans felt excluded by the Democratic majority. At the same time, some House Democrats balked at the spending cuts made by the Senate in order to get even a modicum of Republican support.
No mention of the White House removing sections of the original bill that Republicans objected to and then still didn’t allow a single one of their members to vote for.
One reason for public suspicion: The stimulus plan came only a few months after the deeply unpopular Wall Street bailout. Most Americans resented the fact that the federal government -- indeed, the Bush administration -- was spending hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out the institutions that were responsible for the financial crisis.
Ah yes. What was that about core princples and growing government? How much money did the Republicans authorize a Republican President to spend?
Republicans will keep up a chorus of complaint and might try to undo pieces of it. If the economic recovery is slow -- and Obama has warned that it may take years, not months –
Particularly if the Republicans continue to work against the interests of the American people by obstructing the President’s agenda.
… the plan will be a continuing issue of partisan controversy.
Of course it will. There are Republicans involved!