Even Wash. Post is slowly grasping that GOPers don’t want to be bipartisan

Only took the Post two years to figure it out. Apparently, that brazen and unprecedented move by McConnell and Boehner to blow off a meeting with the President finally caught the attention of the DC insiders:

Since the electoral rebuke that cost Democrats the House and narrowed their margin in the Senate, Obama has repeatedly suggested that he sees opportunities for compromise with Republicans. He has hinted that he is open to temporarily extending all of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year, including those on income over $250,000. He said over the weekend that he will seek to limit earmarks, a practice that House GOP leaders have long bemoaned.

The newly emboldened Republicans, however, have shown little enthusiasm for compromise.

Um, the Republicans have shown little enthusiasm for compromise for the past two years — even as the country was facing serious crises, many of the GOP’s own making.

I’m with Markos:

The White House is so freakin’ desperate for “bipartisanship”, that is says idiotic things like this:

In today’s White House briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs went out of his way to play down any conflict with GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican leader John Boehner over the rescheduling of the meeting, which was originally planned for Thursday. The meeting is intended to address issues that Congress will take up during its lame duck session – including the possible extension of the Bush tax cuts.

“Bipartisanship has happened,” Gibbs said of the meeting.

No, it hasn’t. And you know what? No one gives a shit anyway. No one, apparently, except for Obama and his brain trust inside the White House.

When even the Post has figured it out, it’s pretty freaking obvious. Obama needs to get a spine and lead the nation. GOPers think he’s weak. That’s why they blew him off. He’s got to prove them wrong ASAP.


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