February 14th, 2009
11:15 AM ET
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Schneider: Bipartisanship? What bipartisanship?

President Obama didn't find much bipartisanship over the stimulus bill or his pick for commerce secretary.
President Obama didn't find much bipartisanship over the stimulus bill or his pick for commerce secretary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - "It is time for Congress to act, and I hope they act in a bipartisan fashion," President Obama said when he went to Peoria, Illnois, on Thursday to argue for his economic stimulus plan.

Congress acted. But bipartisan? Not so much.

The plan passed the House of Representatives without a single Republican vote, and got only a token number - three - of Republican votes in the Senate.

"All the talk about bipartisanship that we have heard over the last several months went down the drain," House Republican leader John Boehner complained on Friday.

Obama also ran into a wall in his effort to build a bipartisan cabinet when his choice for Secretary of Commerce, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg, withdrew his name from nomination.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Stimulus bill
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  1. drop corporate tax cuts in stimulus package!

    president Obama, live and learn!

    DO NOT BARGAIN with GOP any more.

    GOP is the enemy of 99% 0f the people.

    February 14, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Ren of Baltimore

    Republicans, you lost, your ideologies lost big, big, big. Not just because some pundits said so, but because the globally affected economy is in a tailspin after Bush nonsense THAT YOU SUPPORTED WHEN IN CONTROL. It wasn't just Bush the Man. It was the core Republican principles-they cannot be the same in an Internet-shrunken world, in a truly global manufacturing community, in a time when, finally, every aspect of human existence has risen to some meaningful level of understanding, need, and respect for interaction.

    Republicans, in short, stop harping on your losing ideas and change them to reflect modern times.

    February 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. LK in NJ

    "All the talk about bipartisanship that we have heard over the last several months went down the drain," House Republican leader John Boehner complained on Friday.

    Yep... and the RNC sent it there. The Republicans play 'my way or no way'. So, what did you really expect? Huh, stupid!

    February 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. south dakota

    It takes two to tango.
    If you are asked to dance and your refuse every time, will anyone listen to your whining?
    What makes this even more sad is that Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Greens, etc etc are working very well together in our communities for mutually beneficial purpose.

    February 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. S.M.R.

    At the shape our Country is in now , why in the world would we want bipartisanship any how. Its the GOP policies and greed that got us into this huge rut we are in. Take more seats in the senate and congress and we will never need to worry about bipartisanship again!!! The GOP don't deserve a voice after what the Bush/Cheney one two punch did to OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

    February 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. ann

    I did not see any debate or discussion of what the Republican plan was in any news outlet. Perhaps that is what they lament. Obama was well marketed through the primaries and now. We must not equate surrender as bipartisanship. True bipartisanship would not demand one side cave in to the other. On the positive side it is great to see the country being governed again!

    February 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    2012 is the only way to vote back into adulthood.

    February 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Larry

    The answer to having bipartisanship is simple :
    Have a bill that helps the citizens of our country.

    Republicans will vote for it—-

    February 14, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Yeah, i cant wait till 2010!

    Then we can toss these no good bible-thumpin holier than thou bastard republicans out.

    They have no power as it is now, soon they won't even be considered a contender for the two party system.

    February 14, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. FORMER REPUBLICAN

    I DON'T KNOW WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA EXPECTS THE SAME

    RNC THAT LEAD US TO THIS DISASTROUS PLACE TO HELP US

    GET OUT. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BECOME A PARTY OF

    EXCLUSION, BIGOTS, THIEVES & A PARTY OF SEPARATISTS.

    WE NEED TO VOTE THEM OUT & GET OUR COUNTRY BACK.

    February 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. LK in NJ

    Bi partisanship is dead February 14th, 2009 1:59 pm ET

    Obama got his bill, but if uses the word bi-partisan again at any time duing his term, he should be impeached
    _____________________________________________________
    You're outnumbered! What is the current Administration suppose to do? Bring everything to a screeching halt because the Repubs don't like something, but has no alternative to offer? You guys had your chance for the last 8 years and ran our country in the ground. Give it up!

    February 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Will

    I hope that the American people see that only a 60% majority in the Senate will get things done. I was initially happy they didn't have that 60%, but now I see that the Republicans will never do what is right for America.

    Let's all vote them out of office in two years! Maybe things can start rolling for this country again.

    I am a Iraq vet, so all you ppl. who think I'm un-American...think again. I just see the reality of the situation. They want to delay every act of the Obama administration to make them look bad. I only hope that it comes back to bite them when re-election comes up.

    Will

    February 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Bob

    Oh my gosh. The utter hatred in some of these posts make me ashamed of my fellow Americans. To the people posting hatred here, I have one question....Is this your idea of change, spewing hatred at other Americans that may not share your political leanings? If so, then I fear for my nation. If we can't treat each other with civility, we are doomed as a nation.

    Bob

    February 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. a southern bell

    THE REPUBLICANS PARTY HAS BEEN HIJACKED BY THE KKK.

    THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THE CURRENT RNC IS THE

    CURRENT KKK. EVERY REPUBLICAN THAT DISAGREES WITH

    THE TRANSFORMATIONS SHOULD STAND UP & BE COUNTED.

    GO FIGURE. THE PARTY OF LINCOLN BEING RUN BY THE KKK.

    February 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. rusty

    It is still far too early to tell how this is all going to play out. President Obama has hit the ground running, the republicans are naturally suspicious, and do not want to go along. But if things start moving in this country, in a positive way, the bipartisanship will soon follow. Give it some time media, you are all acting like a bunch of sugar freaks with ADD. Seriously, we are talking about at least 6 years of major disagreement between the two parties, give it time.

    February 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. John

    lol

    Its really rich to overhear Republican apologists complaining about lack of bi-partisanship.

    Really rich....

    February 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. david goldman

    THE NAZICANS WILL DO ALL THEY CAN TO BRING THIS

    NATION DOWN. WE HAVE TO VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.

    February 14, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Robert

    I think that the Republicans, and the few Democrats, that voted "no" on this bill, the part of the state they represent should get "nothing." If they believe the state of the economy in their district or region is in great condition let them have that grand thought. We'll see if they get voted back into their office when their area goes into crisis mode.

    February 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Jon

    What's so unfortunate is that the President tried to put forth a bill that would appeal to the Republican economic theorists, including tax cuts to help stimulate the economy. What happened in return? The only plan the GOP could come up with was to make THE WHOLE PLAN a GIANT tax cut.

    Talk about old ideas from the Republicans.

    I praise those Republicans who recognized the challenges facing our country and attempted to craft a more appealing bill. However, we can only condemn those members of the GOP who are so hypocritical as to not put forth any moderate plan of their own, but instead elected to be obstructionist and refuse to work toward the greater good of our country.

    Neither party has all the answers, but It's clear that the Democrats have encouraged debate, while many of the Republicans are content to let our country slip further into financial chaos merely for their own political gain.

    February 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Jill-IN

    What is Boehner and the Republicans complaining for. They acted in partisan childish ways and it is obvious to all they they intended to vote as a Repub block and look unified with their big NO. Only thing, they look foolish and shouldn't be so proud of their behavior.

    February 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Jack in Florida

    Who needs the Republicans!!!! President Obama extended the olive branch to work together and instead of being mature and non partisan, they are listening to that blowhard Limbaugh.

    Did they not just experience the 2008 elections where the people have spoken and said enough of the Bush economics.

    Wake up people and smell the roses. Barack, continue to take the high road, but know you have the people's support which is much better than the moronic Republicans. You can take Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and put them out to pasture.

    February 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Amber

    Given how stubborn Republicans are, I think that I'd call three of 'em crossing over a MAJOR victory.

    February 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Rave

    No need of Bipartisonship.. Kick the GOP out completely.
    They ruined the country for 8 years under Mr. Monkey President

    February 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    I am hoping the President will make the E-Verify system permenant with bi-partisan support for our border and job security very soon. We must ensure the integrity of our workforce, improve our security and battle idetity theft.

    February 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Longhorn Daddy

    This is sickening still no posts from the one who knows. If I say something derogrotory about the Reupblicans not post. THANK YOU AGAIN CNN. I see your sitll fair and just newswork. NOT.

    February 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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