“Bipartisan” and “reaching across the aisle” are both terms that make me want to send my fist through a wall. Let’s have a chat about my favorite buzzword.
Exhibit A: Obama won. Which means he is now supreme ruler, and his opinion on tax policy (as well as all other matters, I presume) is now law. Or something like that. Oh yeah, and then there’s this:
“If we don’t get this done we (the Democrats) could lose seats and I could lose re-election. But we can’t let people like Rush Limbaugh stall this. That’s how things don’t get done in this town.”
It took him all of what, a week in office to start thinking re-election? Give us a break. Clearly you won, you got you $150 million party, now get to work. You’ve got 300 million supervisors now – you work for US, Obama. Don’t forget it. Anyway, I digress.
There’s nothing bipartisan about stepping into a congressional meeting and rallying Democrats against Rush and talking about re-election. Period. You don’t achieve a “bipartisan” attitude by actively working to eliminate the other party from day one.
Exhibit B: The House vote this week. The GOP finally united – in opposition to the Dems. Well played GOP.
The point of all this? Bipartisanship doesn’t exist. Hear that? It’s a crock. I threw this question out on Twitter today and was amazed by the number of conservatives who felt it was a necessary evil. Necessary for what? IT DOESN’T ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. And we need to get over the idea that it ever will. The definition of bipartisanship is nothing but this: Republicans being spineless. Period. It is never shown to increase effectiveness or unite anyone.
The only thing it DOES manage to accomplish is conservative guilt. It’s a product of the squishy hopey changey rhetoric we’ve been getting from Washington all year. I have no use for a term that dilutes what I’m trying to achieve. I picture it sort of like a Punnett Square. Conservatism is the recessive trait in our government. When paired with a liberal gene, it stays in the background, where it can be invisible. This is not a good compromise, ya’ll.
This is NOT a necessary evil. And I’m sick of being guilted into watching the GOP play nice with people who have no interest in reciprocating the sentiment. This is the reason we have forgotten what we stand for.
Brodigan gets his second shout out this week with this definition: Bi-Partisanship (n. b?-?pär-t?-z?n-ship) Word media uses to guilt Republicans into bending over to Democrats.