Obama and his fellow democrats are bemoaning Republican 'obstruction', and are suddenly calling for bipartisanship.
"When a sitting president calls for bipartisanship by the opposition – he really means surrender. And if they block his proposals, its "obstinacy" and not political views they hold as strongly as he holds his. "
For the first year of Obama's presidency he enjoyed a supermajority in the Senate and a majority in the House. For an entire year, the Democrats had no need for, or interest in, bipartisanship. They could have passed virtually anything they pleased without a single Republican vote, and without risk of a filibuster.
While accomplishing very little of his agenda in his first year, I expect Obama himself wonders:
- How much time was wasted negotiating the 'Cornhusker kickback'?
- How much time was wated negotiating the 'Louisiana Purchase II'?
- How much time was wasted on back-room deals with the unions?
The Democrats had every opportunity to pass some version of their horrendous health care bill before Christmas -- again, with no need for a single Republican vote. So, not only did the grotesque back-room deals and pork-barrel politicking contribute directly to the loss of their supermajority, they also served to delay the legislative process to the point where the Massachusetts election result actually mattered.
Obama was done in by the greed of his own party members.