Take a gander at the folks Barack Obama consulted before reaching his decision on the contraception mandate:
We know that the President did not act on impulse, that he took his time in making this decision, and that he sought advice from a range of individuals within the Democratic Party. Vice-President Joe Biden and William Daley, who was then Obama’s Chief of Staff, both profess to be Catholic, and they strongly advised against doing anything that would antagonize the Catholic bishops and the laity. Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House and current Democratic minority leader, were also consulted.
Emphasis added. (Via Powerline Picks.) He’s President of the United States. Republicans hold a strong majority in the lower chamber of the legislative branch and he only sought advice from individuals within the Democratic Party?!?!?!
Telling. Most telling.
Contrast this governing style with something he said early on in the 2008 presidential campaign. As Jonah Goldberg reports:
. . .during a Nevada Democratic debate, then-senator Obama told the late Tim Russert that, “My greatest strength, I think, is the ability to bring people together from different perspectives to get them to recognize what they have in common and to move people in a different direction.
Seems like the only people who sought to bring together had a Democratic perspective. Now, to be sure, the Democrats consulted offered differing perspectives. But, one wonders if the Democrat ever consults with Republicans before making a major administrative decision like this one.