Barack Obama should be shamed for helping Joe Lieberman keep the chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee.
But Obama, and other Democratic party leaders, are complete fools if they allow this talk of bipartisianship to transform them into limp wristed politicians.
There is no such thing as bi-partisianship, there’s only right and wrong. If you’re doing the right thing, you don’t need to reach across the isle, like minded legislators will join you because they agree with you regardless of your party.
But of course, Washington isn’t based on altruism. There are times you need to log roll, make deals, etc. But the legislators you convince to join you, don’t care about “bipartisianship” they care about what you can do for them.
Democrats should stop promoting this idea of rainbows and fairytales. How bipartisian were Republicans from 1996-2006? Not very. In fact their “uniter not a divider” President turned out to be one of the most hyper partisian adminstrations of all time. The Republican controlled Congress during those years reveled in their hyper partisianship.
So please, spare me this “Democrats are being partisian.” People didn’t overwhelmingly vote Democrat the last two years so the right and the left would get along. They support Democrats so they would get things done.