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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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Hey Brian Walsh-
    Where was your complaining when the GOP voted for Bush's 750 billion? Where did that money go? To Bush cronies...the first 80 billion went to CEOs!

    The GOP has one goal; win the next election. They have admited they want Obama and America's failure if it means they are back in power.

    If the GOP worked as hard when they got into power, as they do trying to get back into power, we would not be in this mess.

    February 9, 2009 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  2. rob c

    will the republicans please figure out that the housing crisis will never be fixed if people keep on losing jobs. Mortgages, rent , and utilities, and everything else requires a job to pay the bill. I guess it will take the american people showing their ugly side to open their eyes, but then they'll blame that on the dems too.

    February 9, 2009 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  3. lilacs

    The republicans have no idea what bipartisan really is. President Obama bent over backwards to work with the republican and they just keep whining and crying. They are to dumb to understand that the america people voted against there tired woreout old policies of taxcut for the wealthy and corparate welfare has never worked for the economy and never will. They also don't understand that we now have a very smart president ,thatr is not afraid to tell the truth. Of course the republicans have been lying forso long they can see the truth when it stares them in the face. To all those republicans that won't vote for the recovery package no one is forcing you to accept it for your state. I don't understand why they want america and americas to fail!

    February 9, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  4. American Future

    Truth Commision Yes

    February 9, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  5. Blocking for greed

    How can there be partisanship when the GOP is acting like a bunch of children?

    They don't care about us – they only care about regaining the ruling power of this country. It doesn't matter to them whether or not the economy heals- all they care about is making sure it DOESN'T heal while there is a Democratic president and congress.

    February 10, 2009 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  6. Marcy

    Pooh! We don't even need a live Republican to issue statements like these. We can auto-generate them by computer from a mashup of past statements. Or, we can get along without them altogether.

    February 10, 2009 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  7. Desmond Sequeira

    I really do not know how much longer Obama will put up with the likes of you. You guys are so tiresome. The GOP brand is dead. And I am not even a US citizen.

    February 10, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  8. Ben in Dallas

    The republicans are so cynical and doctrinaire. Bush's policies created a two trillion dollar hole in the economy and the republicans want to wait for it to work it's way through the economy. How cynical and stupid. Laying blame for failure instead of looking for solutions to the mess they caused is so Hoover.

    February 10, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  9. Scott

    Message to Republicans about the economy:

    You broke it. You refuse to take responsibility for it. You lack the knowledge necessary to fix it. Now go to your room and let the grown-ups deal with it.

    February 10, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. Travis

    It's seem like the Republican party can not understand that the American people are interested in getting things done in Washington for the American people. Not just the Rich ones, but it is time to represent all of us or else there will be no more repubs. America is watching you Republicans, next election in two years, better get your act together, if only for your selfish re election.

    February 10, 2009 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  11. katherine baril

    Im not sure– should I be happy that the Republicans are being so partisan and nasty that they will loose all support and never be seen as creible by the majority of american voters- particularly the young that are tired of "the same old politics". . . or should I be really really sad to see the phenomenal partisanship– putting republican ideology way before the interests of this country. .

    either way I find myself totally turning off the republicans and loosing all respect for them as individuals and as a party–

    I've always worked for and with republicans– the old time republican who were willing to be leaders not just idealogues!!! shame on you!!

    February 10, 2009 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. Morgan, Colorado

    All I see is the Dems compromising on things they hold dear and include more tax cuts but a majority of Republicans stomping theirt feet for stomping sake. Pres Obama is not to blame for lack of a more bipartisan bill. It takes two to make it bipartisan and the rhetoric of the Repubs needs to stop, except for three Senators with true listening skills and desire to help. The American people voted against your ideas in November so don't complain that they are not front and center. Over 40% of the bill are tax cuts and credits. Get on board and help save America and not talk us to death.

    February 10, 2009 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  13. Deb

    While I did not vote for Obama, I think he did seek dialogue with the GOP on the situation. The problem lies with Pelosi and Reid who have not ever sought bi-partisanship, back to the days of using the Iraq war to score political points.
    Obama needs to press his Congressional party towards bipartisanship, and crafting legislation to benefit our country, not to reward labor, arts, Hollywood, etc.

    February 10, 2009 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  14. Reality

    Finally, a politician calling it like it is.

    Facts don't lie: the democrat congress created this recession, not Bush. The democrat congress had the lowest approval rating in history, not Bush.

    Bush was horribly unsuited to run the country but 100 times more capable than Pelosi, Reid, Gore and co. Senate dems make Palin look intelligent.

    February 10, 2009 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. Hal

    That is the GOP the President cuts the bull and meets them in the middle on tax cuts and they start whining for their rich buddies. The rich are suffering from too many burdens. This party is DOA until they start caring more about the entire country instead of their handful of wealthy bankers and lobbyists.

    February 10, 2009 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  16. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The problem with an almost thoroughly discredited party like the GOP is that even when they have a point, or an idea, or a bit of truth, no one believes them. They've got to get some better mouthpieces out front to drop these gems on The People, and I'm not sure there are too many good ones.

    February 10, 2009 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. Gene

    Obama has been reaching out and trying to work with the republicans since day one. He has had several meetings exclusively with republicans.

    Unfortunately the have a total difference in philosophy, and act like the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys around him. He reaches out.. they turn a deaf ear, and then try to blast him for not making an effort in bipartisanship?

    February 10, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. "I'll hug your elephant if you kiss my donkey"

    Senate Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. In this country's genuine time of need, they are stalling this stimulus package. People are losing their jobs left and right, families are losing their houses, and CEO's are buying bigger and better corporate jets and redecorating their offices with $1400 trash cans...republicans sense of humanity is in that ridiculously overpriced trash can...how do you sleep at night? All this stalling is simply an immature tactic to make President Obama look like he is not showing his bipartisan spirit. What else could he do to prove to you he wants your imput, help and support? For hell's sake! He invited you to a super bowl party! Get on board or you will lose even more precious seats in 2010.

    February 10, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  19. James A.

    I have heard at least one Republican, if not more, say the stimulus bill will be a “disaster” and call the current economic situation “uncharted territory” in the same set of remarks. These two terms put side by side indicate to me that the Republicans really don’t know if this bill will be a disaster or a success or what; they are simply focusing on the worst-case-scenario.

    February 10, 2009 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  20. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Oh, please. Do these numb nuts really think, other than their constituents that have any credibility what so ever?

    They need to shut up and get out of the way. American is very tired of their lying BS.

    February 10, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. Art Moon

    No, unfortunately the stimulus package is not perfect. But then, neither is Congress. Both parties ended up giving some and getting some of what they wanted to see. Something needed to be done as quickly as possible. The public will remember that President Obama did make meaningful gestures to step across the aisle to GOP members–otherwise, no GOP Senators, e.g., Senator Arlen Spector, would have backed the package. It is hard for me to believe that the last President would have gone as far to enlist bipartisan support, despite his claims for being a "uniter." The public will also remember that John McCain, who spoke so eloquently of bipartisanship, has so far failed completely to deliver on his promises. The GOP offered no real ideas except tax cuts. That is why they are in the minority again, along with their verbose spokesperson Rush Limbaugh.

    February 10, 2009 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  22. CitizenS

    GOP is just that....old and out of date. God save them from themselves and above all don't let them anywhere near the economy ever again!

    February 10, 2009 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  23. Bud Burgoon-Clark


    WHO squandered the Clinton budget surplus and run up a record deficit over the past eight years, and embroiled the country in TWO truly financially ruinous and ILLEGAL wars?

    Nope, sorry, Republicans, you're not going to weasel out of THAT quite so easily.

    YOU DID IT; quit LYING about THAT.

    President Obama is trying to FIX it.

    Help him, or get the he!! out of the way!

    February 10, 2009 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  24. js007

    I just can't get over the hypocrisy of the Republicans on "fiscal irresponsibility". George Bush wasted a Trillion dollars in Iraq for NO reason, and NO benefit to America, but that was fine. Obama wants to give some kids an education and save the economy from tanking further and now they speak up! What a joke, but keep it up, you'll be in opposition for a long time to come.

    February 10, 2009 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  25. Caron Speas

    The Republican congressmen must be insane. its psychology 101 - PROJECTION. "When someone sees a characteristic in another, which they themselves possess" they are said to be "projecting" that quality onto the other so that they themselves don't have to "own it."
    Republicans see Democrats as big spenders because thats what Republicans are. The proof of that is: the state of the economy caused by failed Republican tax cuts for the rich, deregilation of the financial markets, and spending like drunken sailors - that is what the Republicans did. So when they accuse Democrats of being spenders, they have no credibility whatsoever. They are either liars or they are pathological projectors. Either way, they are a laughing stock.

    February 10, 2009 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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