December 4th, 2009
04:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Cafferty: Why is there only bipartisanship when military is involved?

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Bipartisanship in Washington is virtually non-existent these days – except for President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll – conducted after the president's speech this week – shows his plan wins approval from 63 percent of Democrats, a whopping 72 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Independents. Gee, with a consensus like that you could actually run the country.

The president is getting thumbs-up from people more inclined to extend their middle fingers when it comes to things Democratic. Karl Rove says that the president's speech "deserves to be cheered" and insists victory is attainable.

Newt Gingrich is out praising President Obama for showing political courage on Afghanistan... in going against the anti-war left in his own party.

This is not to say that there aren't critics of the president's Afghanistan strategy in both parties, but on the whole, he's getting support – at least for now. If it doesn't go as planned, all bets are off. But at least for a few minutes we have the leadership of the country agreeing on something.

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  1. WIlly Brown

    because it's the only time democrats support America.

    December 4, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Mark

    Because deep down the liberals know the gop is right on military affairs.

    Don't forget it was Clinton's apathy that got us into all this anyway.

    December 4, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Matthieu

    We all know republicans just want to steal the middle class's money. Democrats want to give the middle class money.

    Republicans will only side by democrats if it doesn't affect them.

    December 4, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. lila

    Because republicans see military use as a sign of strength and democrats fear looking weak. If the billions in Medicare cuts were going to fund the war instead of expanding health care availability for Americans the republicans would be 100% for it. When have conservatives ever balked at cutting wasteful spending from inefficient government bureaucracy... oh, yeah, Iraq,,, and the no bid contracts. On second thought the people who claim to be conservative are no more than political opportunist.

    December 4, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Melissa

    Because the GOP love killing and the Democrats are realists.

    December 4, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. diridi

    jack, how are is only to blame pres. obama...well, it is bush went to iraq, poured billions, now is this say this nasty is a play of drama in GOP as usual....jack...we all know, it is the time to pass the health care with public option....good luck, obama...

    December 4, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Nevada dude

    Because pulling out of afghanistan right now is not an option. as much as me and many of my fellow democrats hate this war, leaving that country how it is now would amount to a failure equal to the soviet union's folly there 20 years ago. I am a peace-loving liberal but also a pragmatist, and if we dont do this job right it is guaranteed to come back and haunt us. that, it fact, is how Al Qaeda was born in the first place.

    December 4, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    To all you jerks insinuating Democrats don't support the military, I say this:

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Democratic President and Commander in Chief during World War II. (In case you don't know, we won that one.)

    Woodrow Wilson – Democratic President and Commander in Chief during World War I. (We won that one, too.)

    John Kerry, decorated Viet Nam vet and Democratic Senator ...Max Cleland, decorated Viet Nam vet and Democratic Senator ...General Wesley Clark, valedictorian of his class at West Point ahd Rhodes Scholar ... Democratic Veterans organizations in every state ... the list goes on and on and on ...

    Here's what the GOP offers: A bunch of naive, arrogant Chickenhawks like Cheney, Limbaugh, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and that 18-AWOL guy, GW Sloshed ...

    December 4, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Mike

    Jack, can you imagine what the US would be able to accomplish if these so called "elected officials" would put their personal and party differences aside and unite on what is in the best interest of the very people who send them to Washington, such as health care and jobs?
    Talk about a bunch of "Morons" they make me sick!

    December 4, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Another Reformed Republican

    The reason that there is bipartisanship on military matters is because the Refuseniks are warmongers. They have two issues: starting wars and saying no to everything else.

    Why are you reporting what the lizzard and turd blossom have to say. No one cares!

    December 4, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Apparently, The Military Industrial Complex gives enough money to BOTH sides of the aisle.
    They certainly have enough to go around.

    December 4, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. tonyt

    Republicans like there king, Bush, love war.

    December 4, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Jim

    The reason there is no bi-partisanship is because the Republican party has decided to pursue a Maoist strategy of trying to make the government unworkable unless they are in charge of it. The House has passed 105 bills that are languishing in the Senate because of Republican filibuster threats. This is an all time record, beating the last record held by the Republicans.

    December 4, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. tonyt

    If McCain were President Right Now, Him and Palin would be Bombing Anything That Moves!

    Bomb First Ask Questions Later. Guns Strap Low Looking For A Fight.
    That's The GOP, bomb, bomb, bomb

    December 4, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Mike, Vancouver

    The GOP are in the buisiness of war. They will create situations where they can coerce the country to go into war where their war machine can flourish and the special interests that they work for just like in health care stand to make billions of dollars.

    If they get back in power America will again under the GOP doctine have another crisis to go and fight.

    It has nothing to do with every day people, just those who are rich and keep on getting more filthy rich on the backs of the every day American.

    December 4, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Scott

    Warmongering trumps politics as usual for the Republicans. No real news there.

    December 4, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. John

    "Don't forget it was Clinton's apathy that got us into all this anyway."

    If that is true then 9/11 was totally George Bush fault alone. Both are ridiculous accusations.

    This is all republicans know any more. The party has collapsed into a bunch of childish name calling fools. The are invested in the failure of America.

    Gingrich and Rove are only offering support here so they can criticize and deflect blame later, as no one expects this to be the "walk in the park event" they said Iraq would be. As this drags on they can feed their robots the ridiculous idea that this is "Obamas war".

    Can anyone name anything that got better under the Republican president and the republican congress? Jobs? nope, emergency response? nope, world standing? – nope, environment? – nope, immigration? nope, civil liberties? nope, the "fundamentally sound, where not in a recession” economy? The threat of wmd’s from Iraq? – nope, partisanship? , nope, health care? – nope. Anything but dead troops and record debt, record spending and record growth of Government? - NOPE!

    December 4, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Jose

    Because this way the so called excuses of a politician can play both sides of the field on such a sensitive topic. They can have their cake and eat it to. Otherwise, they are just divisive scum that infiltrate every part of our lives.

    December 4, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. 1st week of Advent is upon us...the first candle is symbolic : HOPE..

    Excellent question....still trying to figure that out..but it may have something to do with 'protecting ' the citizens from this NWO....

    December 4, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  20. John

    Mark – "Because deep down the liberals know the gop is right on military affairs."

    Really name one thing they got right!

    The non existent WMD'S?
    The "we know where the WMD's are" when they never exisisted?
    The ties of Iraq to 9/11?
    The idea to send a limited numbers of troops into Iraq against the Generals recommendations?
    The idea to go into Iraq when the threat was miles away in Afghanistan?
    The idea that Iraq would take " I doubt Six months"?
    The declaration of "mission accomplished"?
    Sending our troops in without the body armor and proper equipment?
    The idea that they could make it up as the go along after the fall of Bagdad with no more planning or forethought than when they didn't respond to Katrina?
    The truckloads of money they "lost" in Iraq?
    The effect their 2 wars had on our economy.
    The money they made personally through no bid contracts and handouts?
    The idea that torture is not a war crime?
    The deliberate and undeniable flat our lieing and cover up about Pat Tilman?
    The created story about Jesica Lynch?
    The idea that we can detain anyone, anywhere at anytime without any recourse or responsibility?
    The ridiculous notion that "the surge" was anything other than a cover for them to declare victory and start to get out?
    Privatizing the Army for personal profits and creating the largest group of vigilantes the world had ever seen?
    Not holding the contractors that they hired for murdering and slaughtering people in Iraq?
    The republicans have been wrong every single step of the way. They started by attacking the wrong country and screwed up every step since them.
    When do all these great ideas you’re talking about start?

    December 4, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    It just shows you wich party is really behind our troops. It is certainly not the hippie generation of Democrats with all their free and never have to pay immoral conduct.

    December 4, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |