The title of the article was the hook that grabbed me: Poll: Most favor bipartisanship; Democrats not so much. Maybe, that’s what it was intended to do.
“Most poll respondents said they want President Obama to work with both parties”
Of course, we do. Most people want the government to act in the best interests of the people – all the people.
“Democrats aren’t so enthusiastic about bipartisanship, poll also finds”
Interesting point. For 8 years, the Republicans refused to act in a bipartisan way, instead opting to run the country as if we were a one-party system. Anyone who opposed was considered ‘Un-American’ or emboldening the enemy.
After President Obama worked with Republicans and Democrats to reach a bipartisan agreement on the stimulus plan, the Republicans came out hard against the bill (only 3 Republicans in both parties voted for the bill). They have been relentless on television against the stimulus plan. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and the other right-wing partisan hacks pundits have been harshly criticizing the plan, the president, and the Democrats.
Now CNN acts surprised that more Democrats are tired of the political game and want to extend the same ‘courtesy’ to Republicans that were extended to them over the past 8 years? Are you kidding me?
At least it is known that President Obama has been reaching out to Republicans. In fact, he ran his campaign saying that we weren’t ‘Red States’ or ‘Blue States’. We were the United States. Judging by the initial cabinet selections, it does appear that the president has every intention of at least starting out his administration in bipartisan fashion.
Here are the numbers of people polled that would prefer to see the ‘president try to pass laws with bipartisan compromise’:
55% of all respondents
40% of Democrats
Not surprisingly, 58% of the Democrats polled indicated that they would rather see President Obama pass laws without any Republican support.
CNN polling director Keating Holland wins the trophy for ‘Most Obvious Statement’:
“Bipartisanship is always more popular with the party out of power than with the party that is in control.”
When Republicans were in power, I didn’t hear one person say that they should reach across the aisle to work with the Democrats. But they’re singing a different tune now.
That is the sad fact of our 2-party system. The party in power makes the rules and both parties (for the most-part) place party before country.
Favorable on the decline
Both parties dropped 2 points from December in response to the question – Do you have a favorable opinion of:
Democratic Party – 58%
Republican Party – 39%
Strong numbers for President Obama
After 1 month in office, 2 out of 3 polled “approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president. And more than 7 in 10 think that he is a strong leader who inspired confidence and is tough enough for the job.”
Let’s see what the POTUS has to say tonight.