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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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Ken

    If it were not for the 3 "JUDAS" republicans, he would not even had any bipartisan!

    The Democrats are forcing down the throats their huge spending while they have the majority and before 2010, when I predict that the Republicans will take back the power!

    It is a shame that the American people will have to pay for all of this CRAP!

    February 14, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Stephen, Missouri

    I am impressed by President Obama. The package ended up where he started. He got most of what he wanted. And this man is way ahead on the thinking curve. He knows what he is doing.

    The more I see Republicans go shrill, the more I know he is doing the right thing. Our President was attacked mercilessly during the campaign and still is being attacked...his response, he is still cordial and civil. One by one, he is achieving what he promised during his campaign.

    It is a joy to see this President work. Republicans attacked and he maintained his cool and when he put them in their place, it was so sweet and awesome. Go President Obama we are fully behind you.

    February 14, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Reno in Nevada

    Everyone crying over the two parties refusing to give up the parties ideologies. Obama and congress are following the Democratic (liberal) ideology. You'll have to wait and see if the liberal approach invests in, or throws away our money and future.

    February 14, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Vincent Petrosino

    Before anymore people comment here, please take the time and read RegAz's lengthy comment. It is worth it. It is researched and knowledgeable. Nothinbg else needs to be said. Thank you RegAZ!

    February 14, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Jon

    In 2008, Democrats won an overwhelmingly mandate from the voters to re-shape the country's policies, and it is pathetic that the Republican leadership's only plan seemed to be to use the 60-votes-to-invoke-cloture rule to block the will of the majority in the Senate for this most important piece of legislation.

    February 14, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Cathy Vermont

    In this case bipartianship was not what was best for the country. The Republicans were digging their heels in like petuant children. We do not need more tax cuts for the wealthy ( and I make over 200K)

    February 14, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. worriedmom

    I will agree that Bush started this but Pelosi, Reid and Obama are gonna ruin this country with their Liberal projects and absurd spending!! If Republicans are smart, they will just sit back and allow Reid and Pelosi to run the country! Then the Libs can all group together and have their "crying feast " on how bad the world is! Better start praying, this country needs it!!!

    February 14, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. susi

    LIBERAL JUST BECOMING THE MOST corrupt politicians..thats not stimulus thats PORK EARMARK

    February 14, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    It is well past time for all Americans to demand that our elected representatives disolve partisan politics and work together to heal our nation. The Republicans may be proud of orderng their members to shun the President yet anyone who truly supports our nation should be appalled by their actions putting our nation at risk over their petty little whims. While our President may not succeed with his plans we should offer our support as we did with his predecessor and all Presidents. We are all Americans and must stand united for at present we will fall united until we can recover!!!

    February 14, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Lisa B

    Dear Mr. Boehner: If there was no bipartisanship on this effort, it is because of your sorry leadership and the Republicans "herd" mentality. This is such a sad, sorry, outdated and unproductive way of operating and will be your downfall, so keep it up. I find the three brave Senate Republicans to be the kind of independent thinkers that are largely missing from today's Republican party and I commend them for doing what they believed was right even in the face of certain backlash and retaliation. If "our way or the highway" continues to be your definition of bi-partisanship, there's something you should know - the American people voted against your kind by the thousands in the last election. Live with it, start behaving yourselves AND DO YOUR JOB.

    February 14, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Leo Martinez

    okey you doesnt want to WORK IN BIPARTISAN WAY remember you get as into this mess; tax break for the rich , one trillion debt, 2 wars,free enemies worldwide weakened our security,worsen our global image ,stop putting Repubs first,if you doesnt know what to to help our country we going decide for you in '10

    February 14, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Bi partisanship is dead

    Obama got his bill, but if uses the word bi-partisan again at any time duing his term, he should be impeached

    February 14, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Fan of Common Sense

    Let's hope the Republican takeover of Congress in 2010 will not be too late to stop the Democrats from destroying this country.

    February 14, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. Terry B.

    If AMERICA is SERIOUS in wanting BIPARTISANSHIP then AMERICA needs to fire in 2010 those who voted against this bill and send new members be it Republican, Democrat, Independent, or other to Congress with a clear mandate... EITHER WORK TOGETHER AND GET OVER YOURSELVES or you will be fired .... Until then, it will be business as usual...

    February 14, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Posn

    It takes two to dance and if the republicans arent willing to meet halfway there will never be bipartisanship. Sad really, but I am so tired of the fighting.

    February 14, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Ben

    Franky, the economic ideology of the Republican right got us into this mess. Deregulation. Markets solve everything. Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts...

    Bipartisanship, in this case, would have entailed the Republicans admitting their ideology was wrong and it needed a government rescue.

    If you think that's a possibility, then I have a supersonic Santa sleigh to sell you.

    Don't worry... You don't need any money upfront. I'll just grant you a loan, securitize it, and sell it to the bank of Iceland.

    February 14, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Give me a break!

    There was no bipartisianship because the Repubs are scared for their jobs in 2010! President Obama tried to reach out to them – he even compromised on some of his issues in order to reach a bipartisianship. But the Repubs just cross their arms and said, "NO!" to the American citizen. If they have a wonderful plan – why didn't they present it? Because perfection doesn't exist. SOMETHING has to be done, people. At least THIS President is TRYING to help America...Bush's tax cuts did NOTHING to help the economy.

    February 14, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Richard Komi

    While the president continues to extend a good hand of friendship to the Republicans, we are seeing that they(Republicans) are not accepting that good gesture from our president. In the future when a Republican president takes office you will see them (Republicans) singing bi-partisanship. So while we think it is all about our beloved country, the Republicans think it is all about their party. It that politics or politricks?

    February 14, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. LMC

    Bi-partisinship is a two way street. I believe President Obama is trying hard. I don't think the Republicans are trying and they are still following the strong-arm tactics of Newt Gingrich–vote with us or else. I wonder if Pelosi could reach across the aisle a little better though. I'm not sure she is trying either.

    February 14, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. "Bipartisanship" - GOP's hostage

    "Bipartisanship" has become GOP's hostage, to advance their failed ideas.

    "Bipartisanship" is a means not an end, especially in the middle of a recession!

    February 14, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Lee

    So far the Republicans have behaved like 2 year olds throwing a tantrum. It's tough not having things your own way anymore. If there isn't a change in their behavior there will be fewer of them after the next electioin. I think the President should wait until then to do the tough stuff such as universal health care, and then they won't be able to block any legislation. Conservative democrats should also take note of the change in the nation's mood and get with the program.

    February 14, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Eugene

    Bipartisanship is when Republicans start to care more about their country than their dinosaur ideology. Obama reached out and got a middle finger response. But he won in the long run, and the Republicans will be the main loser in this business.

    February 14, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. hoovdog

    And where is the purported leader of the Republican party, John McCain? Didn't we hear the "bi-partisan" chant during his failed campaign? Most of us really thought he meant it, but perhaps that was only if he won. Most of we the people continue to be appalled by the spoiled brat mentality in play by our elected representatives. Apparently we need to learn it is not about what is good for the the well being of all the citizens of our nation; it continues to be all about their egos. Disgusting.

    February 14, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Dorlene

    Thank you President Obama and those who voted for the bill – we're all counting on you to help turn this disaster around!

    February 14, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Jessica-Independent


    You are an idiot for buying the republican talking points. First the bill was less than 1100 pages. Second the bill has been in the making for three weeks and everyone including jornalist had access to it. Boener lied on the senate floor about not able to read the bill, HE ALREADY MADE A DECISION 3 WEEKS AGO TO VOTE NO. There are somethings thati do not like about this bill and i recpect people that came out over the the last 3 weeks and voiced their concerns. But i dispel any claims from all the politicians that claim that they had no time to read it. I HATE THIS POLITICAL NONSENSE.

    February 14, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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