Victor Davis Hanson offers some advice to the president:
Calling for bipartisanship seems contradicted when you then allege that those who disagree are being “partisan”, and you preface almost every major issue with a blanket invective against the past eight years, even when you seem to adopt many of the past policies, from rendition to FISA. Perhaps try to raise the debate from one of your opponents seeking cheap advantage to one of innate philosophical differences, and then try to cease the campaign mode. The election is over. Bush is gone. Like it or not, the executive responsibility of the U.S. is now yours alone.
Leaders of Obama’s party in Congress don’t seem interested in bipartisanship either given how they froze Republicans out of the House-Senate conference committee meeting to reconcile their two different versions of the “stimulus.”
If he were really interested in a new kind of post-partisan politics, the president would publicly take Democratic congressional leaders to task for their partisan shenanigans.Â And if he were truly interested in transparency, he could call for “televising the stimulus bill conference committee meetings.”