Republicans are fond of bitching about how President Biden and his Democratic colleagues in Congress have abandoned any efforts at true bipartisanship after Biden promised to pursue a more inclusive style of governing during his presidential campaign last year.
Recent statements from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) prove, however, what a fruitless goal compromise with a party dedicated to blocking every piece of progressive legislation proposed by Democrats — and supported by a majority of Americans in polling — would truly be.
CNN’s John Harwood took to Twitter to point out that President Biden would be wasting his time attempting to get cooperation from Republicans on any part of his legislative agenda with a GOP so united in opposition to anything proposed by Democrats, no matter how much support any individual piece of legislation may have from the American people or how beneficial it would be to the nation as a whole.
is it realistic that Biden might find GOP cooperation on his agenda?
Senate leader McConnell: “100% of my focus is standing up to this administration. What we have is total unity, from Collins to Cruz, in opposition to what the new administration is trying to do to this country"
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 5, 2021
Given that McConnell’s word bare a strong resemblance to what he said at the outset of the Obama administration when he opposed everything the administration proposed in order to achieve his unfulfilled goal of making Obama a one-term president, Biden is making the right choice in redefining bipartisanship as the will of the majority of Americans, including Democrats, Republicans, and independents, rather than the acceptance of his proposals by a self-interested group of GOP politicians who are out of touch with everyone except rabid MAGA-types and QAnon devotees.
People who read Harwood’s post readily answered his question about how realistic these expectations of a willingness to compromise on the GOP’s part might be.
and Joe Manchin, as it turns out
— Tony Yoder (@yodermon) May 5, 2021
Unfortunately people refuse to believe people are who they say/act who they are. Very sad for just about everyone except the rich.
— Michael McKeon (@MichaelMcKeon12) May 5, 2021
What an exhausting list. What will they come up with next?
— Laura Baker (@iamtriagain) May 5, 2021
I can't believe they had any hopes of that anyways…
— name cannot be blank (@squeak8520) May 5, 2021
Don't polls show that this is the attitude that people on both sides want to be rid of?
— John Reimers (@JohnReimers11) May 5, 2021
— Jane Beckwith (@jb4civilrights) May 5, 2021
— Jo Molenda (@JoMaMa_60) May 5, 2021
I think Biden should ram everything he can through reconciliation, but McConnell can’t even convince his caucus to mildly criticize that former guy.
I’m starting to wonder if he ever really had any juice. For all the complaints about Schumer, he holds his caucus together.
— Major Biden Did Nothing Wrong (@MercurySchroepp) May 5, 2021
Given that President Biden lived through the GOP’s unparalleled obstructionism during the Obama administration and witnessed their own lack of bipartisanship in the passage of their tax cuts for billionaires and corporate oligarchs, he is wise to stick to his own definition of the term and ignore the catcalls from the hypocritical opposition.
With McConnell and his Republican colleagues single-mindedly fixated on cementing their reputation as “The party of No,” he should simply ignore their bleatings and push for the passage of the much-needed legislation necessary to repair the nation again after the latest disastrous period of GOP control, filibuster be damned.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.