Giving Up the Ghost

May 26th, 2010

Inspired by At Obama’s ‘testy’ meeting with Senate Republicans, little is accomplished (Washington Post 5/26/10) and Chris Matthews’ “Bye Bye Bipartisanship” segment on the death of bipartisanship.

“He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans. He’s pretty thin-skinned.” – Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) talking about Obama’s well-known quick temper
 
“How can you reconcile that duplicity?” – Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), discussing Obama’s “audacity” and “duplicity” for pretending to be bipartisan after the Republicans had tried so hard to work together on healthcare and financial reform, only to be cruelly rebuffed by the Dems
 
“We had a good, frank discussion on a whole range of issue.” – President Obama commenting on the meeting. Somehow, he still seems to have hope.

 

Obama thin-skinned? You must be delirious.

That guy is so calm and collected, you can’t be serious.

 

Duplicity about trying to be bipartisan? That’s a riot.

I don’t know how Obama listens to your lies and still stays quiet.

 

Why were no cameras there to refute these GOP claims?

I’m guessing the GOP demanded no cameras so they could play these games.

 

For a dictator, Obama sure is kind and gentle.

And GOP hypocrisy is monumental.

 

David Corn thinks Obama should just stop trying,

Since his attempts at bipartisanship just keep dying.

 

And did you just call Chris Matthews stupid, Congressman Istook,

Or did I get that mixed up with the rest of your gobbledygook?

 

Was there ever more than a ghost of a chance

For Obama’s bipartisan stance?

 

Has bipartisanship given up the ghost?

(I guess that question is the basic theme of this post.)

 

Should President Obama give up hope?

Maybe yes, or maybe nope.

 

After all, like the President says, he just needs 8 or 10 GOP votes.

And he knows who not to bother with, based on the above quotes.

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Here’s Hardball’s 5/26/10 segment.
 

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Here’s Dylan Ratigan’s 5/26/10 report on bipartisan blame (including for the oil spill), along with a clip from Obama’s response (during his speech about bipartisanship in San Francisco yesterday, which is where he made the 8-10 reference) and Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) trying to blame Obama for lack of regulation in the oil industry.

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(Updated 5/27/10.)

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