I’m not sure whether Obama’s bipartisan strategy was truly genuine. It’s true, the president acted in a bipartisan manner — he invited Republicans to talks in the Oval Office and organized bipartisan parties to watch football in the White House together. But his outreach was poisoned by the way the Democrats put together the stimulus bill in Congress.
He should have publicly called on the House and Senate Democrats to take Republican input more seriously early in the process. After all, there are real ideological differences between the two parties on the question of whether the current giant public spending is the way out of the crisis or just a huge liability to our federal budget and our children.
And one should not forget: Every president has a honeymoon. But that will fade and the Democratic Congress is not at all popular, even now.
Democrats are good at the external game. Sound good, look good, make nice… but they don’t understand structure.
As a result, when they talk about “change” and “hope,” what they mean is increased one-party domination.
It’s the same with leftist parties everywhere: promise what people want to hear, but beneath it, there’s an ugly hatred of the majority and a desire to implement a system to smash them.