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What meaningful bipartisan achievements does Obama have?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:40 pm - March 30, 2012.
Filed under: Obama Hopenchange

Obama apologists were so quick to trash outgoing Senator Olympia Snowe for reporting that the president didn’t talk to the liberal Republican on a regular basis, worried as they were that if this story got legs, it would further undermine the Democrat’s 2008 campaign rhetoric about his post-partisan potential.

But, these folks are going to have to do a lot of spinning to prevent people from seeing the reality of this most partisan president.  Commenting today on a Republican National Committee video highlighting Obama’s latest bipartisan achievement, getting “every single member of the House of Representatives” to vote “against the president’s $3.6 trillion budget”, Tina Korbe asks:

What meaningful bipartisan achievements does Obama have to his name? Adoring documentarian Davis Guggenheim might fault Republicans for Obama’s inability to arrive at bipartisan solutions to the pressing problems that face the country, but, in the end, it’s the president’s job to lead.

Indeed.  And as to that blame game, maybe the president should have taken advice from the politician who was “trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame.



  1. Well he’s had two budgets defeated unanimously. So he’s fostered bipartisanship.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 30, 2012 @ 6:33 pm - March 30, 2012

  2. He did manage to get 1 Congressional Republican to vote for the monstrosity that is Obamacare.

    Comment by Ryan — March 30, 2012 @ 11:41 pm - March 30, 2012

  3. Ought to read Athena this week. First time I’ve read her stuff in a while.

    Comment by TGC — March 31, 2012 @ 4:50 am - March 31, 2012

  4. I can think of two bipartisan achievements that Obama has to his credit. The House had a 414-0 vote on his budget on Thursday, and the Senate voted 97-0 saying no to his carbon tax (global warming bill). See, he can go across the aisle.

    Comment by davinci — March 31, 2012 @ 7:51 am - March 31, 2012

  5. Ryan, when the final votes came in ObamaCare, NO Republicans voted for it. Senator Olympia Snowe voted to get ObamaCare out of committee which she regretted as it was rammed through the Senate without debate in the dead of night on a holiday weekend. Snowe voted against ObamaCare.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — March 31, 2012 @ 9:19 am - March 31, 2012

  6. It’s one of the real reasons Snowe is retiring.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — March 31, 2012 @ 9:20 am - March 31, 2012

  7. Livewire and davinci cite two of the most important “bipartisan achievements” of this president. I wonder how many other, similar ones there will be in the months ahead.

    But this also reminds me of how irritated I can still become at the thought that so many self-styled “moderates” fell for the Obama razzle-dazzle and voted for him in 2008 on the hope that he was going to be “post-partisan” and “post-racial.” By what logic would any “moderate” choose to vote for Obama, the most left-wing Senator in his four years in the Senate? By what logic would any “moderate” who cared about “bipartisanship” vote against John McCain who made it a point of bending any which way he could to be “bipartisan”? It baffled me then, and it angers me now. While I’m thankful that–under Obama–the Republican “brand” has been redefined in a more principled way than it would have been had McCain been elected, I’m still rather incredulous at the thought that anyone could have imagined Obama would be “bipartisan” in any way, shape, or form.

    Comment by Kurt — March 31, 2012 @ 10:50 pm - March 31, 2012

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