February 9th, 2009
09:01 PM ET
6 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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  1. No Hope Left

    Im 24 years old and i see no hope left for a happy and bright future. Thanks to the goverment of old men that can't get it together and help us get away from the greed that rules this country. Thank you for nothing!

    February 9, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Kim

    And I guess the Democrats will take the credit, rightfully so, when it does what it was intended to do. And the Republicans, as per usual, will never admit that Obama was right and they were wrong.

    Considering that the majority of Americans approve of the bill that is proposed, that Obama's approval rating is very high, and that the approval rating of congressional Republicans is very very low, I'd say this is a bunch of sour grapes by a bunch of sour pusses who refuse to take Obama up on his bipartisan offers preferring instead to continue 'divisive, obstructionist business as usual republican politics in Washington.'


    February 9, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Yikes! What next

    Same old drivel!.. I wish these sourpusses would get out of Dodge. Bitter old devils who can't stand the fact that the Dems are getting their chance to fix the screw-ups of the last 8 years,o say nothing of the disasterous 8 years of Reaganomics.

    Thank God for President Obama. Anyone listening to him tonight could have no doubt that the man is absolutely brilliant. Can you imagine Bush responding to the questions asked tonight?

    February 9, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. gl, Pittsburgh

    How and the hell can Obama get bipartisanship with the Repbulicans won't work with him becasue they can not get their tax cuts for the rich. Go the Hell you evil Republicans. We don't need your support. We the people will take this country back.

    February 9, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. Joe bynum

    Republicans seem to feel that bipartisanship means that most things or everything goes that way. I don't think they realize they lost the election and that the country voted against their ideas. Also, they seem to have no regrets that it's their policies and views of the last 8 years that have us in this situation we're in. No memory or acceptance of their many bad decisions under the Bush presidency.

    February 9, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. SueB

    I thought it ironic that he talked about reaching out to the other side, said he'd been nothing but cordial, but then he proceded to rip the GOP to pieces because they didn't agree with him. He and I definitely have different views of bipartisanship and obviously what reaching out to the other side and being cordial means. He certainly has a mandate so doesn't have to try for bipartisanship. But if he's going to keep saying he wants bipartisan support then he needs to mean it in the true sense of bipartisanship, not my way or no way.

    February 9, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. independent

    Voters need to remember who worked to find a solution; who voted for and against the plans Congress is putting together to try and address our economic distress. 2010 elections are just around the corner.

    February 9, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    The repubs spent 8 years destroying the US economy (Bush inherited 3-4 trillion surplus, and ended 8 trillion in the red), and to allow the administration to solve the current problems would be tantamount to admitting their whole philosophy is a failure. Repubs idea of cooperation is "do what we want and the devil with what you want or is right".

    February 9, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. Rick B's comment

    It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness,” runs an old saying. When 61 Senators voted to light a candle tonight, the other 36 didn’t curse the darkness—they cursed the candle for not being the right shade. And they made it clear they would rather stay in the dark than risk the light not being exactly to their taste. It is stunning to me that 36 United States Senators of any party would try to prevent a president and a Congressional majority from doing anything to deal with the economic crisis.

    February 9, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. JOYCE


    February 9, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. Vera Catuara

    Brian Walsh's comments are so dated and so trite. Republican are so engrossed -yet-in political rhetoric instead of trying to work towards putting our economy back together. First, though, I must applaude those few Republicans that can see farther than their party idealogy and realize we need action now. It is the Republicans who are using political rhetoric as usual instead of trying to help solve this economic crisis. Giving us a trillion dollars in debt is their legacy to the American citizens and they want to use the same useless means to move us forward? Try co-operating with our President; you may actually help change that legacy and gain a little respect. Right now all I hear is same old, same old rhetoric. You are impeding recovery, not going forward and I find it nothing less than sour grapes.

    February 9, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. Unshrub

    They changed the bill from the House to the Senate and yet the RNC wants to cry about it. Compared to when the republicans had control the Democrats bent over backwards trying to give them something, but unless the republicans get everything they want all they do is cry. They lost in November and if anything Obama tried too hard to please the big cry-babies.

    February 9, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Less than 30 days into the Obama administration and Republicans are playing the partisan obstructionist game. They will pay a heavy price in the 2010 mid-term elections.

    February 9, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  14. The Truth

    You democrats are amusing if nothing else with your newfound love of bipartisanship. However, support of a smelly, bloated government spending bill is not called bipartisanship, it's called stupidity.

    February 9, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Kate

    Now that's a very big laugh...Talk about fiscal irresponsibility...The Republicans have that title all by themselves. They can't try to "charm" their way out of this mess we are currently in. All they are is the same old rhetoric...Figure it out repubs...You need to do something instead of whine.

    February 9, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. Richard Larson

    It is incomprehensible that the GOP claims that there was no attempt by the president to write a bipartisan bill. The GOP and the ideologues within have removed every spending portion of this bill they coulod get away with and substituted tax cuts that will not contribute one bit to job development. They have, with malicious intent, done everything they could do to virtually destroy the economy of this nation since September. Their overall intent is to create such an economic mess that they can run for congress using Democratic economic failure as their main message to the people they have driven into poverty.

    The ideologues within the Neo-Facist (GOP) party in this country apparently cannot stand to see their party go down to a richly deserved defeat, they are acting like spoiled teenagers who are throwing a tantrum because their perfidy has been discovered and they have been thrown out!

    If the GOP really wants this country to prosper, they will prove their intent by working with the congress and the president to insure that the economy is dealt with in a non-ideological way in terms of economic theory. Let's all remind ourselves that a theory is an idea that hasn't been proven. The so-called Laffer Theory has been proven to be an abject failure if the last 28 years of economic turmoil are to be any determinant. The only bright spot was the last 4 years of the Clinton Administration that decent economic plans were in effect and the budget was reasonably balanced.

    My sadly reached conclusionhowever, is that the GOP has no intention of helping President Obama to overcome this mess. I feel very strongly that much of this disaster was intentional. Complete lack of any intent to regulate banks and business has reaped disaster. They, the GOP, are already saying that President Obama is responsible, while they do everything they can to thwart the President's realistic efforts to overcome the mess that the GOP deliberately created.

    February 9, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. Randall Titchener-Smith

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time!

    February 9, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  18. COME ON!

    You have to bring new ideas to the table if you want your ideas listened to. Just saying "add tax cuts" is not a new idea. If you see problems come up with alternatives, don;t just tell him why they are wrong while refusing to offer valid alternatives most of the time. When you come ready to roll up your sleeves and get serious then there will be true bipartisanship.

    February 9, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. Dennis from Millbrae, CA

    Leave it to the Republicants to insist on everyone playing the game according to their rules. Two points here: (1) You wrote the rules for six years of the Bush presidency when you controlled the White House and the Congress and you turned a silk purse (Clinton surpluses) into a sow's behind (the current economic situation), and (2) the people saw the failings of theRepublicants in 2006 when they took back the Congress and in 2008 when they took back the White House. The Republicants keep espousing tax cuts for their wealthy constituency and have offered nothing constructive. They want President Obama to meet them more than half way. They ought to just sit down, shut up and hang on while President Obama steers this ship out of troubled waters.

    February 9, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  20. imobro


    February 9, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. scottye

    The only way to get the Republicans to join in any bill is to give the rich more tax cuts and eliminate any subsidies to the everyday worker.

    February 9, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  22. Dave

    The best part was hearing Obama talk about inheriting a trillion dollar defecit and he's spending that in his 1st month in office...

    February 9, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. Theqb

    Pardon me, but if memory serves me right wasn't it eight years of republican mismanagement that put us in this economic position? Also, please feel free to correct me but didn't "W" leave the country with a one trillion dollar deficit?

    I don't recall any other political parties offering solutions to this economic quagmire. Seems the republicans still have the John McCain mindset from last Septembers "Black Monday." Oh, you remember back on Monday the 15th of September when Lehman Brothers — the 158-year-old Wall Street giant — filed for bankruptcy protection and 94 year-old Merrill Lynch sold itself to Bank of America. The Dow Jones industrial average suffered a painful selloff, falling more than 500 points – its worst decline in more than seven years. That's the same day John McCain told a crowd in Jacksonville, Florida "Our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times."
    Yeah the republicans are suffering from John McCainitis.

    February 9, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. Mike in Vancouver

    If you're a Democrat you should be all smiles, 'cause the GOP is playing by the same old playbook and it's only going to fall further out of public favour. This kind of response is just enough rope to hang themselves with

    February 9, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Bipartisanship for the GOP is our way, and our way only. Oh..And cut taxes, except for the rich. Their failed policies and so called leaders have gotten this huge mess. They have done little to help. Except for a few helping, most are growling about this, along with their self annointed spokesman,R Limpballs, wanting President Obama to fail

    Now they are not in power and all they is to be road blocks, except for what they want.

    We the voters are watching and listening very carefully, so if the GOP isn't careful.....BYE!

    February 9, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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