December 1st, 2010
01:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Even cynics can hope for bipartisanship

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) - As the saying goes, even paranoids have enemies. A Washington corollary: Even cynics have reason to be cynical.

Consider the latest Washington Kabuki: the overdue bipartisan leadership meeting at the White House. To prepare, and disarm the GOP, the president orders a federal pay freeze the day before the session. It's an easy gimme: The GOP has already proposed it, the voters don't like the government much and the White House can point to it as evidence of its willingness to work together.
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  1. Peter s

    Where there is no honesty there is no good will, the Dems have alot to learn!! what the American people needs right now are things such as jobs! and if you can't make jobs! you have to give hardouts! and how you gonna pay for those hardouts will be through spending!! and then you will be called a big spender liberal, who likes big spending practices like the stimulus package which have helped us not to go the Russian or the TARP and last but not least don't forget this monster code named obamacare!! with its death panels sitting in the Governors mansion in Arizona!!. HEY DEMS YOU NEED ME MORE THAN I NEED YOU!!

    December 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Peggy - TX

    “the Senate Republicans decide a to put the Democrats on notice that they're not going to do anything until they get what they want on the extension of the tax cuts”

    How can U REALLY DUMB professional right wing bloggers sleep at night promoting that extending the unemployment benefits, that cost 60M is “socialism” but exdending tax cuts for the cost of 700B to the top 2% wage earners is a fair.

    Limiting the tax cuts all income below 250K a year for all is fair. Keeping the life line going for families, dependent on the insurance policy put in place to help prevent families from colaspeing when a job is lost is simply smart. When a family can no longer feed themselves or pay for a place to live, the cost in residual social services that WILL BE provided to the broken familiy are enourmose. A broken family cost the government big time and it is still broken; whereas keeping the family unit viable, until the economy picks up, is just smart and is NOT socialism, rather it is simply insurance for the working class.

    December 1, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Mr. Lemming

    In case you haven't heard, the republicans have no intention of bipartisanship. Extensions of unemployment benefits should come first. Not for me. I am pretty well off. But I speak for those who don't
    have a voice, and their predicament is no fault of their own, but fallout from the poor economy as a result of eight years of Republicans in "control", during the Bush years(they have the nerve to bring him back to the forefront pushing his book).

    The president is doing a good job. However, Most of the American electorate is stupid and don't know how to vote their own interest . Propaganda(mostly racist, let's just admit) is easier to follow because people
    are too lazy and caught up in their own false pride to think for themselves. Now look at all of the middle class items that are threatened by the Republicans like social security, medicare, unemployment benefits etc. Not realizing it will probably affect them also. Voters would rather believe the lie that President Obama is a muslim rather than their benefits will be cut and they no longer can afford to put food on the table. Or that health care is "socialist" when politicians use the same type of coverage.
    That's the way voters in this country have always been duped. Tell them that the boogie man is coming. The republicans
    know this and have used it to perfection for years on the masses.
    Oh well, enjoy your tea. I will be in my bunker when Americans finally realize the tyranny of the Fascist Republican Party!
    (Oh, by the way, they just turned down the unemployment extensions just in time for Christmas) Suckers!!!!

    I'm sure media hyped Sarah Palin and her Un-American agenda is the answer you need right now. (Chuckle).
    Maybe Americans will get it when they are finally forced to wake up in a FEMA "camp" for the homeless.

    December 1, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    When does millionaires in congress voting to extend tax breaks for themselves become a conflict of interest?

    December 1, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Hope is all you will get.

    December 1, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    You don't get it, Borger. It works like the antithesis of the way THomas decides things on the SCOTUS. Whereas Thomas points at Scalia and says "whatever he said," the GOP is 100% guaranteed to opint at Obama and say "whatever he didn't say." Any attempts by Obama to lead or define the debate or point out areas of mutual agreement and benefit so that the issues can be narrowed will be met by stiff backs, flung turds, infantile political temper tantrums and a walking back of any areas of agreement that actually did exist. Just look what the GO has done to the tax issue:

    EVERYONE agrees on extending the cuts for the first $250K of income. Ergo, that should be passed without question and without debate. GET IT DONE.

    With respect to tax cuts for beyond that first $250K of income, not everyone agrees. Ergo, debate it and then vote on it separately. Period. GET IT DONE. It either passes or it doesn't.

    However, in order to pander to their corporate puppet masters, the GOP needs the two things to be linked so they've taken to reiterating the verifiable LIE that tax cuts create jobs and have used that as their justification for demanding that it's their way or no way. They MUST have those two cuts coupled together as inextricably linked. They CANNOT agree to permanently pass the former while only temporarily pass the latter, because that would mean they have to revisit in two years BUT at that opint they will sound like they'er agruing for nothing more than tax cuts for the wealthy. They have to make sure the "middle-class cuts" are not separated....why? Political advantage. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY OR FACILITATING THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. They're ONLY interested in passing legislation that wins them campaign donations and are adamant about obstructing any legislation that would be an Obama/Dem victory (and by victory, I mean anything that would actually help people and therefore make them happy with Obama and the Dems).

    You're smoking the good stuff if you think there's hope of compromise. At best we'll see more spineless capitulation and failure to seize the opportunity to stand for what's right on the part of the Dems.

    December 1, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |