February 14th, 2009
11:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Schneider: Bipartisanship? What bipartisanship?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/13/schneider.bipartisanship/art.obama.afp.gi.jpg caption="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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  1. Waiting to See

    As I read some of these comments, I am amazed at the people who claim to want bipartisanship; but REFUSE to try. I read of several attempts to reach out over party lines; but it is the Republicans shutting the door.

    In addition, there may be lots of spending in this package; and I am waiting to see how it is administered. I already tell with what has happened over the past months, this stimulas package will be implemented and watched over! Something completely different than the last 8 years.

    And here is something to think about...is there any job out there that should have a higher salary than the President of the United States? I think NOT!!! Compare the responsibilities and the effects of certain decisions and I believe it is easy to see the multi-million dollar paid CEOs need to be knocked down a few pegs!!! Thank you President Obama for putting some limits on their pay!! Now all stockholders and board members of other companies need to follow suit!

    February 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. indiana voter

    All you liberal democrats saying this is the end of the GOP need to remember that the same was being said in 2002 about the democrats when the GOP expanded their majorities in the congress. We'll see what things are like after America gets to know Obama some more, as well as the Pelosi/Reid congress. I bet the GOP makes a strong comeback in a few years, and the argument will once again swing back the other way that the democrats are in trouble. It happens all the time to the party that has just lost the election. It is good to be in the minority for a while. Especially when you acted like the minority while in the majority.

    February 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Jazzy

    Selected not elected February 14th, 2009 11:00 am ET......We had a chance to have a REAL Leader but he haters sacrificed the country and cheated to win.***American People have Spoken .....Get over of it!!!

    February 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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