Senator Sanders: not just bad policy, bad politics

I know it's difficult to negotiate with contract extortionists and kneecap breakers, but President Obama has set bad precedent too many times. 

Bipartisanship is bad precedent when you get it in name only, and Obama's too comfortable playing 'the abused spouse' role in the 'bipartisan' dance.


Like 'bipartisanship', truth is another commodity in the GOP reportoire that can be useful in its place, where it adds to the bottomline. Once in awhile, however, it can't be helped and the truth just slips out.


In the context of the 2010 elections, Cenk Uygar interviewed a Republican operative who, for whatever reason, told the truth to the Young Turks about Republicans and bipartisanship:



Bipartisanship is a tool of the GOP,
and nothing more. Can somebody please pass along this message?

Bipartisanshp is not the Holy Grail

Harry Truman once said:

The Republicans believe that the power of government should be used first of all to help the rich and the privileged in the country. With them, property, wealth, comes first. The Democrats believe that the power of government should be used to give the common man more protection and a chance to make a living. With us the people come first.

In my opinion Obama would be wise to ride his mandate, to maintain the strong cyber link to the body politic and use it to pressure the Democratic majority in the direction it would travel naturally were it not for the corrupting influence of corporate money. I would urge our new President to lose some of his zeal for the grail of "bipartisanship" and simply take his case to the people, and, like an old fashioned Democrat, govern in their name.

Harry also said this:

"I don't like bipartisans. Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know that he's going to vote against me."


[Editorial note: special thanks to Connecticut Man1]



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"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson