January 23, 2009

WE'RE NOT ALL MAGICALLY POST-PARTISAN?:

Stimulus Plan Meets More GOP Resistance: Obama to Reiterate Appeal for Bipartisanship (Paul Kane, 1/23/09, Washington Post)

Just days after taking office vowing to end the political era of "petty grievances," President Obama ran into mounting GOP opposition yesterday to an economic stimulus plan that he had hoped would receive broad bipartisan support.

Republicans accused Democrats of abandoning the new president's pledge, ignoring his call for bipartisan comity and shutting them out of the process by writing the $850 billion legislation. The first drafts of the plan would result in more spending on favored Democratic agenda items, such as federal funding of the arts, they said, but would do little to stimulate the ailing economy.

The GOP's shrunken numbers, particularly in the Senate, will make it difficult for Republicans to stop the stimulus bill, but the growing GOP doubts mean that Obama's first major initiative could be passed on a largely party-line vote -- little different from the past 16 years of partisan sniping in the Clinton and Bush eras.


It's entirely healthy for the political process for the GOP to insist on tax cuts instead of spending. In fact, it's too bad for the economy that they can't prevail.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2009 3:34 PM
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