Watching President Obama’s overtures to the Republican stalwarts is like watching a friend in doomed relationship. He so wants this bipartisan relationship thing to work, but, as Tengrain says, “the GOP is just is not that into you.” But as anyone in a dysfunctional relationship will do, President Obama is sure he can make this work. It’s not you, it’s me.
I say screw ’em.
I am all for bipartisanship, and I was schooled in the Friends tradition of consensus, so I do not say this lightly. But while President Obama is trying to ensure that everything his new government does has the full involvement — and approval — of the Republican Party, certain hardcore rightwingers are going out of their way to obstruct, derail, and otherwise damage the progress of our nation.
The latest move was Gov. Judd Gregg suddenly pulling himself out of the running for Secretary of Commerce — but even before this latest news, it’s been clear that the Republicans have no intention in making this relationship work. As Helen Thomas writes:
President Barack Obama should stop trying to win over Republican lawmakers in Congress. He has turned the other cheek — and they slapped that, too.
While President Obama has gone to Capital Hill, has met with republican leaders, and spoken to the media of his desire to have both parties work together, not a single House Republican voted for the stimulus bill and only 3 senators did — and that was after insisting on gutting several areas of spending, such as education.
President Obama has pleadged to get our country back on track. In order for him to lead us back to prosperity and well-being, he needs to ditch the Republicans. Change will never happen in Washington if Obama constantly tried to make the Republicans happy. McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, Kyl, Graham, McCain, and all the rest.
Note to President Obama: It’ll never be good enough for them!