Thursday, February 12, 2009

Can We Stop Extending Our Hand to the Republicans Now?

Or do we still want to get it slapped? So now, after campaigning for the nomination for Commerce Secretary, Republican Senator Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name over irresolvable conflicts. I'm not sad over this. The only good reason to nominate Senator Gregg that I could see was to be able to appoint a Democrat to replace him. But this opportunity was negotiated away.

This latest slap from the Republican Party comes after not one Republican in the House of Representatives voted for the stimulus package and only three Republican senators voted for the package after stripping it of things like education funding and health care funding, aid to states, etc. What has reaching across the aisle gotten us? A watered-down bill, still extreme rhetoric from the right, and no bi-partisanship.

I am not saying that President Obama should give up on the idealistic notion of bipartisanship. One would have hoped that in this time of crisis, politics could be put aside for the good of the country. But it is now clear that the Republicans have no interest in reaching back. It's time to move on and get on with it.

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