October 17th, 2010
05:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Can Democrats and Republicans work together after the election?

(CNN) - Bipartisanship is in the eye of the beholder, it seems, as Democrats and Republicans ponder how cooperation between them can improve after the upcoming congressional elections.

The voting on November 2 is expected to diminish Democratic majorities in both chambers and perhaps cost them control of the House. Whatever the final tally, widespread voter dissatisfaction with the hostile political climate in Washington is evident.


Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • Republicans
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    Can Democrats and Republicans work together after the election? The GOP is the party of NO, democrats are ALWAYS the ones willing to get stuff done for the country. Repugs think of their own interests before their constituents.

    October 17, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The dem are for the middle class and the poor the gop only cares about you if you have a lot of money bonner and STEELE LIMBUM HATE POOR PEOPLE

    October 17, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    Democrats have been asking Republicans to work with them for years,

    Republicans, when they were in a majority have shoved everything down everyones throat, and have even kept Democrats from assembling in Congress, so let me think...

    ...if the Republicans get a majority, NO they won't work together. We will be back to debating Freedom Fries and Flag Burning.

    Thank God for Obama's veto pen.

    October 17, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    A government that is bipartisan with Obama as president?
    Obama would have to give up his extreme positions economically–even as to his ideal economic system–and he also needs to stop making promises and THEN playing political games regarding what he promised his supporters.
    All in all, it is hard to imagine this government's functioning well before Obama's exit.

    October 17, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. vic nashville tn

    I wish they work together

    I wish by 2011 they pass education reform, immigration reform etc I know it won’t happen
    Jan 01 2011 we will take about 2012 presidential election

    This is real both party talk about bipartisan but they don’t want lose elections. I admire some democrats they voted for health care bill then they said they won’t run again

    Some thing is better than nothing

    October 17, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. barry

    I think eventually the two parties can work together. President Obama will have to humble himself. He's attacked Republicans from day 1 it will take time for that to be somewhat overlooked. If he doesn't learn to work with Republicans the American people will put him out in 2012. American's won't buy the crying wolf anymore.

    October 17, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    My Election Night party is set for a blast!
    I cannot wait to vote.
    Even in Obama times, we'll have GOOD champagne, caviar, rack of lamb, wild rice, and joy as liberals leave Washington.
    Not everybody coming here is Republican, but there are no rabid Marxist or Maoist communists.

    October 17, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. willard bullock

    Presdient obama are too much blame on republican so before I was vote for obama for 2008 but im feeling change my mind that I want to vote republican
    Thank you

    October 17, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. jay

    republicans have had two years to work woth democrats and they acted like spoiled children in the name of politics. The president continues to extend his hand they continue to spit in it and in our faces.

    October 17, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. annie s

    I'm actually hoping the Dems learn to say NO as effectively as the Republicans did – because nothing the Republicans are offering will move America forward in any way.

    October 17, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. King

    Repugs you should not cut government and fed programs that benifits middle class poor and unemployed. These people buys from the corner stores, supermarkets, malls, restaurants etc. They creat demand in the local economy that spurs job creations. Without these food stamp, welfare, unemployment, police, teachers and firemen without these demand creators in our local economy how you expect mainstreet to compete with china and india when you repugs are set to give our corporations tax money and the freedom to go over seas to look for demand. How the hell main streem is going to compete demand wise with these two countries with nearly four billion people combind. The corporations will be taking all their assets abroad and main street wont have enough demand power even the gov would be helpless to stop them when these repugs and baggers deregulate them to do what they please to distroy us all.

    October 17, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Squigman

    They should be working together now, and if they are not, the public should be screaming out loud at those who believe it's better to be disruptive for the cause of the party, as opposed to using logic for the well being of the public. If, after the elections the Dem's hold both sides of the aisle, those who believe it's their duty to be disruptive, should be chastized, and recalled by their districts. I'm sick and tired of hearing the constant crying of some, just because they (for the time being), are not in the seat of power. Let go of your own interest for once, and do whats right for the people. Would that be so hard to do?

    October 17, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    Im vote for republicn than democratri

    October 17, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Jackalope

    The Republicans refused to work with the Democrats for the last two years. There's no reason to expect them to change their ways–no matter what happens in the upcoming elections. The best America can hope for would be if some of the moderate and more responsibble Republicans are able to defy the dictates of their leadership and exercise some bipartisanship.

    October 17, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Kenneth Close

    Sure they can share about as well as my two grandchildren do at playtime.

    October 17, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. La Piovra

    The only way to work WITH the current so-called Republicans is to give them whatever they want, but it might be possible to work AROUND them by just letting them lie on the rug, kick their feet, and hold their breaths until they turn blue.

    October 17, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. IHTCF

    "Can Democrats and Republicans Work Together after the Election?"

    Is Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy real?..........

    October 17, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |