February 9th, 2009
09:01 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP: What bipartisanship?

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The campaign arm of Senate Republicans wasted little time Monday night calling into question President Obama’s commitment to bipartisanship, and took a swipe at him for his stimulus proposal.

Even before Obama’s first primetime news conference came to a close, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh released this statement:

“President Obama promised change and bipartisanship in Washington, but that’s not what Americans have witnessed in the crafting of this gargantuan spending bill. Despite his rhetoric tonight, President Obama cannot possibly be proud of the final result - a bloated, trillion dollar spending bill crafted in a partisan manner that represents the same wasteful Washington spending and will fall on the shoulders of future generations. Democrats rejected, out of hand, Republican efforts to work together to truly stimulate the economy and address the housing crisis. Unfortunately, this bill is not change, it’s more of the same and Senate Democrats will be held accountable for their growing record of fiscal irresponsibility.”


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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Sarty

    SHUT UP you fool.
    At least some one is doing something.

    February 9, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Zac in Atlanta

    So if Obama doesn't care about bipartisanship, why have we been spending so much time having a debate?

    February 9, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Blame the REPUBLICANS!!!

    Democrats rejected, out of hand, Republican efforts to work together to truly stimulate the economy and address the housing crisis. Unfortunately, this bill is not change, it’s more of the same and Senate Democrats will be held accountable for their growing record of fiscal irresponsibility.”-–Brian Walsh you are A lie and Fool !!!!

    February 9, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. Tariq

    You Republicans lost the White House and the Congressional branch in democratic elections for God's sake!

    Beggars can NOT be choosers! You speak about bipartisanship like it is the ends or the final result...bipartisanship is just one of the means and the manner by which Government can work.

    Your alternative is a bill completely stripped naked of Republican input and we watch you filibuster your way out of it. To even have Republicans at the table is a privilege...so to complain and cry about how your useless tax cuts to wealthy, to not spend at all, or sit back and do nothing is just plain childish. Grow up!

    February 9, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. mb-texas

    Not worth a comment.But the Republican group wanted to
    show their stripes . President Obama reached out to the Republicans
    calling them to the White House going to congress and meeting
    with their leaders listening to their comments.Then slap the
    President in the face with zero Republicans in the House and three
    Republicans in the Senate.

    February 9, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Nathan

    Dear Republicans,

    Where was bipartisanship when the Bush administration lied to Congress and fixed evidence to start a war that's cost us $600 billion with no benefit to us? Where was bipartisanship when Congressional Republicans repeatedly shut Democrats out of meetings and shortened their workdays? Or when Bush chronically lied to the public, made information "secret," and ignored public opinion? You're lucky anyone's listening to you right now. Moreover, Hoover failed miserably when he tried to handle the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash. I think history has shown, not once but 3 times, that tax cuts for the rich don't fix economic problems. And how is funding green energy, which will help avert the energy crisis and create millions of non-exportable jobs, fiscally irresponsible?

    February 9, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Boo-hoo, what about us

    Republicans seem to be really good at being totally clueless. Do they not remember the electoral smack-down they got in November? People don't want them or their ideas running our government any more. Eight long years they couldn't give two chits about bipartisanship, and now all of a sudden it's "boo-hoo, what about us?" Yes the bill's expensive, but it's the right type of stimulus for the country. Anyone who thinks the Republicans have any credibility on this should go and watch Jon Stewart's recent "then-and-now" comparison of Republican rhetoric when it came to their willingness to rubber-stamp Bush's Iraq follies. This is ridiculous.

    February 9, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. AJD

    Republicans? What fiscal responsibility are they talking of? Over the last 8 years, the deficit has balooned, regulations have been removed or not enforced, resulting in the current crisis. What a mess has been left for the current and future generation. Where were these smart guys for the last 8 years.

    February 9, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Jeanne Rondeau

    Brian Walsh needs to wake up. The republicans really don't get it. I was a republican for the majority of my life. I'm so disappointed in the same old, same old, that the republicans think will get them elected or re-elected. Sadly, by not supporting this President, the Republican party runs the risk of self-distructing. Americans are not naive any longer. We have instant access to everything. My dear Republicans, the people are watching you !!!! We the people have elected this President. Those republicans who do not support our President, are going to have a tough time winning their seats. Wake up before it too late!!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  10. EJ

    Too often bipartisanship is just another way of saying you will do it my way or as I used to say about two siblings fighting about toys– what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine. The ultimate toast would be one my Irish American grandfather used to give within the family–Here's to you and here's to me and here's that we never disagree–but if we do , the hell to you and here's to me. Some things never change.

    February 9, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  11. raagos

    SHUT UPPPPPPPPPPPPPP PLAY WITH MCCAIN. LET BIG BOYS FIX PROBLEM FACING THIS COUNTRY. GOP . IF U TELL ME THERE'S FIRE IN MY HOUSE I WOULD BELIVE IT. BECUASE U HAVE LEFT NOTHING.

    JUST STAY OUT UNTILL 2018. THEN MAYBE AMERICAN PPL GIVE

    February 9, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. Virginia Adamus

    It Look to me like the GOP will not be happy no matter what. The longer they pull back the more problems we will have. I have a 58 year old son and his future looks very dim.He is one of too many.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sad in Pa.

    February 9, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Mike

    Leave it to the GOP to turn the tables on the reality of the situation. The GOP are the ones who have not gone half way, or even an inch in the right direction! Three hundred billion dollars in tax cuts should be quite enough to appease their constituents. The fact of the matter is this countries infrastructure is crumbling and investments in both manufacturing and construction would go a long way toward revitalizing Americas' badly wounded industrial sector. All they have been engaging in in political theater! It is shameful that they could not conjure up a single house vote! The GOP is only interested in seeing the President, and may I add the country, fail then pulling our collective buts out of a depression. They are letting Rush Limbaugh do their thinking for them, and the only thing he posses as degree in is stupidity!

    February 9, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. John from San Diego

    The GOP define "bipartisanship" as the Democratic Party letting them do as they please.

    February 9, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. Matthew Martin

    I believe as President Obama believes that we should appoint to office the best and the brightest of our country irrespective of party affiliation. I also believe that these people should make the best decisions for the country irrespective again of party affiliation. However, saying that, if some are so ideologically opposed to doing the right thing for the country based on political affiliation or political party they should be called out as I sense President Obama is calling out those that are ideologically frozen in history, unimaginative, bought-and-paid-for or just plain incompetent though I have issues telling the two apart.

    February 9, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  16. LK in NJ

    So, what do you offer as an alternative? Speak now, or forever hold your peace!

    February 9, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Nina

    This is absolutely insane.

    February 9, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Tom C

    Hold on Republicans. Show some ownership on the last 8 years of not being fiscally irresponsible. All of a sudden you people are the knights in shining armor and going to save us from the evil democrats. I learned a very valuable lessen while growing up, ACTIONS ARE STRONGER THAN WORDS. Your actions of voting all the pork and crap the last years is what got us into this me. I am totally convinced that the republicans would not sign on to any type of agreement unless they wrote the whole darn spending bill. Adios you people, you do not care, you only want to be in power.

    February 9, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Meka

    You tried Mr. President . . . but it's now time to move on.

    Go back later, and try to pick up these 'Ding Wings'

    February 9, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. mcrims

    I believe with this last statement democrats should be replaced with the word republicans and vice versa, Last time I looked and for far to long ,the republicans are the very reason we cant progress with the rest of the world { the little guy } because the republicans refuse to blame themselves when they know they are the very ones responsible for the mess we are in today as well as the last 30 years. We the People will not let you win. We will keep trying till every last one of you are gone ,just like the voters shook up the house before, We will do it again till we get it right, so go home and cry in your beer.

    February 9, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  21. Moe, NY

    I would like to know when these Republicans are going to stop their hate and lies and crying game, and just get down to work. We have had 8 years of Republican rule, and just look where it has taken this country. I just wish the Republicans would get out of the way and let Obama bring on the change, they are trying to block him at every turn.

    February 9, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. aware

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    POTUS lacks wisdom, a moral center, ethics and humility but he would make a pretty good used-car salesman! :(

    February 9, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Eileen

    Sorry gop, actions speak louder than your hollow words. I've seen Obama reaching across – meeting with republicans, soliciting their input. As he's said before, don't bring the same stale ideas to the table.

    I think the majority of Americans can see through the republicans tactics – why else, in recent polling, would 58% say they're NOT happy with the way republicans are handling this. They're playing political games with peoples futures, and they don't appreciate it. I think they're making a big mistake...but I'm glad to see it, because I hope the number of republicans continues to nosedive, they've earned it.

    February 9, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. mark staley

    "Democrats will be held accountable for their growing record of fiscal irresponsibility.”
    What claim to fiscal responsibility do you have Senator? As a part of the ruling party for the last 8 years, your rhetoric has gotten us into this mess. and your credibility is nill, zilch, zero, nada!

    February 9, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Barbara Campbell

    The neocons are OK with handing over trillions to their rich corporate cronies, but heaven forbid the American people should receive any benefit from the taxes they pay.

    February 9, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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