January 26th, 2009
05:55 PM ET

Bipartisanship: Is it already dead?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama had hoped the political capital he won on the campaign trail would pay off in Washington and allow him to push through his emergency stimulus bill without too much hassle. But after less than a week in office he has run headlong into the partisan battles he promised to eliminate in the Nation's Capital.

Eric Holder is sworn in during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on January 15, 2009. Holder's nomination to be the next Attorney General has been a source of contention between the President and many Republicans.

The new President is facing sharp resistance to his $825-billion stimulus package that the House is expected to consider on Wednesday. Questions about how the money will be spent stand in the way. Not that surprising when you consider the mystery of the $750-billion Wall Street bailout President Bush signed off on last year. We still don't know where a lot of that money went.

President Obama is pulling out all the stops to get everyone on the same page. He's meeting with his economic advisers, talking with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and continues to tell the American people how bad things are and warn them to brace for things to get worse.

And it's not just the stimulus package the President is having problems with. Republicans are holding up the confirmation of his Attorney General, Eric Holder.

And they can't be thrilled that the new President is signing one executive order after another to undo the policies of his Republican predecessor.

These are all indications that this isn't going to be the smooth sailing President Obama had in mind.

Here’s my question to you: Is the spirit of bipartisanship already dead in Washington?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John writes:
Bipartisanship is not dead, yet. The Republicans will approve the stimulus package and Eric Holder for Attorney General. The Republicans will jump on the Obama administration if there are no improvements in the economy by January 2010.

Jackie from Dallas, Texas writes:
Bipartisanship? What is that? Between the Democrats shooting themselves in their collective feet by fighting our new President, and Republicans trying to sound all moral and fiscally conservative - even though we all know that they were the ones that got us in this mess - I don't believe it exists, yet.

Stacy from Leesburg, Virginia writes:
Jack, if you listen to right wing radio (which I do for kicks) they are attacking President Obama, the Democrats, Republicans who work towards compromise, and so-called “blind and lazy Americans” that voted to throw the GOP out of office. For these people, bipartisanship and compromise are signs of weakness and failure. They are prophets to some degree, because Obama’s success means their tyrannical dogma is on the way out.

Claire from Melbourne, Florida writes:
Hello Jack. Sadly bipartisanship is just a meaningless word to Republicans. These are the same "follow the leader" ideologs who aided, abetted and enabled Bush/Cheney to put thru all these illegal priorities they instituted. I seem to remember something about these partisan hacks not allowing the Democrats into Congressional discussions about Bush/Cheney bills when they were in the majority. What goes around comes around and I hope they enjoy the irrelevancy they have worked so hard to achieve!

Matt from Stafford, Virginia writes:
Bipartisanship is not dead yet. What we are seeing is the end of Obama's honeymoon. The celebration is over and now the real uphill battle begins. No matter what there is going to be friction between liberals and conservatives, but unlike Bush, at least Obama is extending his hand and not clenching his fist.

Kaz writes:
If you got rid of Pelosi and Reid there would be more bipartisanship. They try and ram everything down the Republicans throats. Naturally they push back harder then they normally would. If they had their Republican ideas heard.

soundoff (525 Responses)
  1. William of Iowa

    No, it is just hamstrung by the spirit of "I want to be re-electedship."

    January 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  2. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    it never existed. The Republicans are taking their clues from all the rude comments on the Blogs. They are also setting up for 2010. The Republicans are going to do exactly what they did the last 2 years. Block as much progress as possible so they can use it to try to defeat Democrats in 2010 and 2012. There is no desire to help people, or help those that elected them, it is all about their numbers and increasing it as much as possible.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  3. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    Jack, was it ever alive? There is an old saying that there is no limit to what can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit. But that just won't work in partisan politics. If, suddenly, Republicans started reaching out across the aisles Obama would get the credit and be a shoe-in for two terms. In the eyes of the Republicans, the time for Bi-partisanship ended at 11:59 on January 20th, the exact same moment the time for Bi-partisanship began for the Democrats.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    I have seen more evidence to confirm the existance of the Loch Ness Monster than I have seen evidence to confirm bipartisanship.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  5. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    No, I do not think so at this point they are just trying to flex what little power they have and will work together on some issues. But there will always be an issue that they will just not be able to work together on.
    But as a block the REP. will have little power.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  6. Jack in DC

    Bipartisanship is on its way out because of the unreasonable Boehner and his fellow repubs. Contrary to the truth, the GOP is acting like they won the elections and are backed by the American people. Men and women lie but numbers don't lie, the country wants to go in a whole new direction. Didn't we just try the tax cuts they keep talking about a year ago? What good they did us all.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Diana Ewing NJ

    Jack, why don't you ask Russ and Fox news, they can let you know the down and dirty of it all

    January 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  8. mac from traverse city Michigan

    Jack its to early to tell if its "dead". The first great test will be the presidents stimulus package and there will be much posturing by both sides as the die will be cast and presedents set for the next four or eight years. The jury should hold off on making any hasty judgements until we see what finally emerges from these negotiations.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  9. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    What bipartisanship? Those damn republicans still think they won the election and are still in charge! They will NEVER work with the dems.....even if it would help the country! It's still my way or the highway with them.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  10. Carrie

    I don't think it was ever there to begin with. The party that has been in power for the last 8 years worked really hard from keeping the party out of power to voice their opinions. Turnabout is fair play I say. Let the losing party sit back and shut up so we can allow someone else to try and sort this mess out.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  11. Roy Munroe

    Maybe if they took the "Bi" out of that phrase the Republicans won't be afraid of it anymore. Of course it would have to be changed to something like........

    If I don't quite playing politics I'll be replaced-partisanship.

    OIympia, Wa

    January 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Katiec Pekin, IL

    As long as the republicans continue to put their egos and party first there will never be unity. They still don't get the fact that the American people voted for change and continue on with politics as usual.
    With their disregard to the survival of our country they are on the road to self destruction, which will be partisan.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  13. Dave from Orlando

    It was dead the minute Boehner began to backhandedly criticize everything Obama has said and done since the election. He, along with that other moron, Limbaugh, obviously hopes the new president will fail.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  14. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    I hope not, there are a dozen important things that America elected Obama to accomplish. If the Republicans filibuster on any of the major bills, America suffers. The public needs to start a "Vote against this and we vote you out" campaign and Mean It!

    January 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  15. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I sure HOPE SO. the country voted for change in BOTH 2006 and 2008 after the Bush Republicans had completely screwed things up and bankrupted the country. their ONLY idea for a "recovery" is tax cuts for the rich which, along with two unfunded wars, is what got us into financial trouble in the first place.

    who CARES what they want? Obama and the "21st Century New Deal" Democrates should just run them over IF they get in the way of progress just like FDR and his congress did in 1933.

    the Elephant is irrelevant.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  16. Sandra fromTexas

    It was never alive, except in President Obama's hopes and perhaps some of "we the people". It makes no difference to the Republicans who is in power. If they are in power then they run roughshod over the Democrats. If they are in the minority then they are obstructionist. Nothing changes with the Republicans, and it never will.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  17. Joe in DE

    The only time I recall any bipartisanship was during WWII and for 6 months after 911.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  18. Charles in Dallas, Tx

    Jack, the republicans was all for bi-partisanship until Obama was sworn in. Now they don't give a rat's tail about being bi-partisan. They want be satisfied until they start losing more of their money, but then it'll be too late. They want have anybody to serve them, because all of public service jobs will be gone, no waiters/waitresses, no maids, no landscapers to serve these self-righteous people. I guess it's true that they say the way to becoming rich is not spend money, just hold onto it for future references, well their futures are here. But then their millions and billions that they have want be worth the paper it's on because they've destroyed the real working american. I heard somebody say on CNN this week-end they need to open Gitmo for the Wall Street people I agree and they need to take several democrats and republicans there and leave them for several years. Now that would be bi-partiisanship.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  19. Juanita from Detroit

    The Republicans never intended to cooperate with President Obama and his administration even though he has tried to include them in the process. The danger for them is that the Stimulus Plan will pass with or without their support and if it does work the way President Obama thinks, the Republicans are really going to look bad.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  20. Jim


    The Republicans are in a sorry fix of their own making. Many of them clearly understand that the course followed by Bush and their party over the last eight years was a total failure, a disaster that left the country in a mess. They know Obama's course corrections are appropriate and urgently needed. But they and their talk show cohorts have done such a thorough job of brainwashing their base over the last few decades that they cannot now seem to be cooperating with a Democratic administration lest they be seen as traitors to the conservative cause. Bipartisanship for them will mean barely allowing themselves to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into policies actually designed to help the American people for a change.

    Reno, Nevada

    January 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  21. Ed Reed

    Yes. Rush Limbaugh let the cat out of the bag. If Obama succeeds, Republicans will be out of power for generations and remember Jack, it's not about country, it's all about party and power.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    January 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Katy

    How can it be death when it was never alive?

    January 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  23. Conor in Chicago

    The partisan split is so serious in this country that we could literally be invaded by a foreign power and republicans and democrats would argue over how best to handle it, who best to lead it, etc. They would blame each other for lack of progress and try to steal credit for things that went well. It makes me sick...

    January 26, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  24. Don (Ottawa)

    The question should be, can bipartisanship be resurrected from the dead. As long as politicians ignore the people who elected them and behave like greedy snot nosed obstructive kids, it will be the same old do nothing congress.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  25. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    This question answers itself. A spirit is something dead. So, yes it’s dead, and it has been since 1992. The Republicans will do whatever it takes to satisfy their own interests, even if it means destroying our country – as we have seen so graphically over the last 8 years.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  26. honest john in vermont

    All the warm and fuzzy stuff will end real fast. The new President will disappoint many including many who voted for him. I'm a very liberal Democract and some of his recent actions don't thrill me at all. The Innaugration Ball is over and it is time for him to get to work-not learn on the job.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  27. Dave in Saint Louis

    What is bipartisanship?

    January 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  28. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    I wasn't aware that it was ever alive........

    January 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  29. Kerry Diehl

    With stimulous spending suggestions such as Nancy Pelosi's Birth Control spending and other democratic pork/earmarks someone has got to raise the warning flags. I hope the GOPs can manage to bring attention to the same old nonsense our overall government is so notorious for.

    Responsibility, transparency and accountability are what should be the primary catalyst to bond these two parties in working together.

    Two other ingredients, criminalization and strict prosecution of offending legislators would/could speed the cooperative process even more.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  30. Terry "the hillbilly Hooser"

    It's beginning to smell- does that mean it's dead?
    or just rotten to the core.
    We 'the "US" need a third party-I want to see it get mixed up even more.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  31. matthewbenzor

    "Its been dead". after 8years of freemason rule and all the evilness that went with it , its going to take sometime to heal this country after being hijacked by there agenda and propaganda .there fake christian values shame on them what they put this country through Iraq is a freemason war . not american rememeber skull and bones in college bush was a member.Lets stop these tyrants

    January 26, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  32. RC in SC

    Yup DOA
    Just take a look at that guy digging the grave John Boehner He will have the USA belly up just to make his point.
    Jack! Where were all the people whining about the deficit when the USA was fighting the wrong enemy in the wrong country for 6 years?

    January 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  33. John in Rohnert Park

    Cooperation has never been very alive in WASHINGTON. However, we the people are ALL starving for our representatives to play well with each other in the sand box called Washington. We've finally got a good President and I for one say we should have massive local RECALLS of all those Congressional windbags (Democrats or Republicans) if they don't cooperate with Mr. Obama and get us moving again.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  34. Marieth, Chicago

    Considering that the Republicans were in control for most time during the last few years, and the country is suffering thereof, you would think that they would recognize that the constant fighting is not helping. The my-way-or-the-highway mentality is over. Let's try to get this nation back on track.

    January 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  35. Hilde Schildgen

    Of course it is. Republicans will block every piece of legislation the President sends to Congress. The Democrats don't know how to fight. they always turn the other cheek and then wonder why the bills were not passed. Let's face it the republicans fight dirty, always have and always will until they get stomped on. Pelosi and Reid are not the ones to do it.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  36. odessa

    republicans are nothing but obstructionists when it come to government spending and helping the economy..republicans only care about themselves and getting control of the white house..they will do anything to not coorperate with president obama and congress..also they will cause nothing but destruction as well heartache when it come to folks needing jobs,healthcare, housing etc..all of the sudden wants to tell president obama how to be conservative on money; but they should questioning former president bush when it came to the iraq war..the elephants needs to sit down and eat peanuts until they can start acting like adults not kids..

    January 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm |

    The G.O.P. (Guardians of Privilege) have been the party of big business and the status quo for over one hundred years. I have heard it said that Democrats want to govern in order to solve problems. Republicans want to govern to keep problems from being solved. Where is the common ground in that?

    January 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  38. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    I don't think it has begun yet Jack. It's going to take President Obama a while to get this congress to adjust to the "one for all and all for one" mentality. They have always been all for themselves. When they finally figure out it will be best for them and the country they may finally change.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  39. Rich Monk

    Hey Jack,
    Republicanism means only one thing – Greed!
    The past 60 years of Ponzie schemes have taught me this.
    Republican in this country means, racism, intolerance, ignorant of facts, bigotry, religious fanaticism and a host of other thoughts that create separation and hate.
    The Republicans will not help Obama, or any Democrat. Their very nature is too cause as many problems as they can to return to power themselves so you never want the other guy to succeed!
    The very people that have destroyed the USA ( Politicians) are now telling us how to fix it!
    Sad state of affairs we are in.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  40. Mickie

    The republicans have never worked with the democrats and they always use the "holier than thou" reasoning why the democrats are in the wrong. Of course they tend to forget the Larry Craigs of their party and the religious teachings of helping the poor. They are all self-righteous hypocrits.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  41. L.M.,Arizona

    With McConnel, Kyl and that weird guy from Ohio bi-partisanship was never born. Kyl does only two things says yes or no. He spent eight years saying yes to Bush so he will spent four years saying no to Obama.


    January 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  42. Terry from North Carolina

    Was it ever alive ? I am 65 and I cant remember bipartisanship !

    January 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  43. Linda in Charleston, SC

    Ain't never been any, ain't ever gonna be any, don't you agree Jack?

    January 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  44. Rob , NYC

    you betcha–the GOP is full of it. the GOP has never wanted change and they don't want it now. They want to continue pillaging the country till theres nothing left.
    I think we all need to shoot the elephant

    January 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  45. barbara in Tacoma

    Jack republicans have one motto , all for us and none for you.This was proven for the last eight years.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  46. lynn

    No. The republicons will pretend as though they want to work with the president but the only thing on their agenda is tax cuts but, I wonder if they are forgetting that with all of the job losses that people aren't thinking about a tax cut when they don't have jobs. People who don't have jobs don't get tax cuts.

    Tell us Jack why are the RepubliCONS fighting so hard for the corporations and the rich not WE THE PEOPLE...

    January 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  47. Gerold Atlanta, Georgia

    If it's not dead already...it's dying; not due to any fault of the Democrats. If the Republicans want to help this country get back on it's feet, then they will have to dethrone their current President, Rush Limbaugh, and just chill for once. Pride is a terrible thing when it is not handled properly.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  48. Tina (Texas

    Was it ever alive? The egos are too strong and the Republicans are feeling left out since they lost their almighty control in the last election and are not willing to work across the aisle and there was another election I would vote the rest of the idiots out.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  49. Al in IA

    I don't think it is about partisanship. It's the continuing struggle between the haves and the have nots, the Friedmanites vs the Keynesians, the trickle downers against the social welfare proponents, the free market thieves against the regulators, the investment class against the working class. It is not about "party", it is about money, more money, and getting it any way you can while insuring that the conditions remain intact to continually move money from those who create wealth (laborers) to those that collect the interest on it.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  50. Emerson in Mass.

    Are you referring to Ms. Pelosi's comments just before the House first voted on the stimulus plan as being "bipartisan"?

    January 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  51. toni boutwell, myrtle beach, sc

    Obama said it best, he WON, he gave the republicans a chance to clean up thier image of anti middle class GreedyOldPigs, they instead are acting as obstructionists to the will of the people, they are over done and obsolete. We don't need them, so they can just go crawl under thier rocks and rant at each other.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  52. Allen L Wenger

    I don't think the Republicans ever wanted bipartisonship. A few of them will say they do in public, but I don't see any evidence that they really want it.

    Mountain Home ID

    January 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  53. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    Bi partisanship may not be dead yet, but its off to a rocky start. As long as the Republicans stick to their knee jerk, failed ideology, bipartisanship will remain stillborn. Their "Tax cuts is the answer. What's the question?" approach failed when last attempted last April, they don't seem to get it.

    Maybe their Spokesman-in-Chief, Rush Limbaugh summed up their attitude when he expressed his wish that President Obama would fail. This really says it since such failure would mean many years of double digit unemployment and a depression to rival the one of four-score years ago. Its just that divisive Bush era attitude that can permanently reduce our beloved nation to an economic has-been.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  54. Ed

    I think it's just sleeping. Bombs seem to wake it up but Senators arguing not so much.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  55. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It's been on life support for as long as I can remember. Obama is going to hit it with "the paddles" but I'm not sure it can be saved at this point. Politics these days is more about "destruct" than "construct" unfortunately.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  56. mark kjergaard, SC

    Jack, Obama gave them thier chance to rehabilitate themselves and work for the good of the country. They have chosen to continue acting like they've acted for the last 8 years, thier choice, thier funeral and America is all the better without thier input.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  57. Chuck Jones.........OHIO

    Billy G. in L.V.,...........WELL SPOKEN!
    For 8yrs they "chipped-away" at the foundation of America. Finally the
    "penthouse" is falling....NOW they're concerned! I notice, though, they're using the "stimulus-money" to AWARD their failing CEO's yet another HUGE bonus. As for Bernie Madoff?......perhaps he should go
    straight to JAIL........NOT a COUNTRY-CLUB..........JAIL......regular cell like all the other crooks......and......a FRESH-COPY OF THE
    NEWSPAPERS with all the latest on "good-ole-Madoff." (who knows....might save the taxpayers a lot of money)

    chuck OH

    January 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  58. Melissa

    On the part of the President? I think it is. He's managing to thoroughly tick off both Republicans and Democrats because he's walking the middle road instead of playing favorites.

    On the part of the rest of them? Not a bit. They both want favorites played.

    Though I do have to admire the amount of corruption thats come to the forefront recently. Apparently Obama is succeeding in pushing for accountability.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  59. Marie Ontario

    The Republicans who are left for the most part all backed the Bush administration policies and are still of the opinion these are what America needs for success.

    These political ideals they practice simply won't disappear from their thought process and if you listen to their rhetoric they are intent on seeing the status quo continue.

    Keeping the latter in mind it is very difficult to see how it would be possible to have any bipartisan co-operation from them as their ideology is pretty much 180 degrees away from any legislation that would promote and institute progressive change.

    It's their ideology and religious beliefs and have to be maintained to keep the support of their base. All the moderates have left the GOP.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  60. Mickey Gensler Bronx, 10471,N.Y.

    It depends on the constituents at home. Only they have the power to make their representative represent them. They have to stop being partisans themselves and demand that the Republicans and Democrats start thinking of what is right for the country if they want to get reelected again.As long as we care only about the pork, and not about the laws, we will get this kind of partisanship.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  61. Ray in Nashville


    It never really existed in the first place. As long as we have extreme left and right wingers being elected to Congress, there will be partisan politics.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  62. don in naples, florida

    Republicans don't like Obama because Obama is a closet republican. Over the past couple years of campaigning, Obama has bashed the wreck-less spending of the Bush terms. Yet here we are in our first couple weeks of the Obama presidency and there seems to be no difference in the big budget government. Of course the republicans are unwilling to work with Obama now, he doesn't seem to be doing anything any differently. I wouldn't be that willing to cooperate either. Instead i would vote contrary to Obama and then walk to the press room and admit that the only one who wants change is "me" the disenfranchised republican senator who wants to give the people true change, not just "rhetorical" change.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  63. Helen, NC

    Not only dead, Jack. Rigamortis has set it.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  64. Independent for Obama

    Democrats and Republicans are as "bipartisan" in their actions as the Israelis and the Palestinians. They just can't stop themselves from attacking each other long enough to find a lasting truce.
    Janie, Springfield MA

    January 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  65. Pat in Salem Ore.

    The Republicans are unable to accept the fact that they don't call the shots anymore.Does anyone think they cared about being bipartisan during the last eight years?President Obama was right to remind eveybody that he won.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  66. nette, fort Worth,Tex

    Like the President said "We won". So who needs them.?

    January 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  67. Terry in Virginia

    A thing can't die if it never lived. The Republicans have absolutely no desire to work with Democrats or anyone else if it benefits the poor and middle class. Take Eric Cantor - please! He's been bashing Obama since election night and makes no pretense at being willing to work with the new President or Democrats. The only economic stimulus he supported was the bailout funds that went to his wife's bank. It's time for these jokers to go!

    January 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  68. Melissa from New Orleans

    On the Presidents part, no. He's already managing to tick off both sides because he won't play favorites.

    On everyone elses side? Look at the cats and see how they behave. Both sides want to scratch the others eyes out.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  69. KarenB, Florida

    the way the question is worded..."is it already dead" makes it sound
    like it "was alive"....on what planet?

    January 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  70. Jayne

    It was DOA. You can't compromise with Republicans because their interpretation of that word shakes out to "do it our way." The people have spoken and we prefer the Democratic plans for running the country.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  71. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    The Republicans never intended to cooperate with Obama
    or work in any fashion. They lost the election and they need
    to be showed who is boss. We don't want nitwits like Palin
    and McCain from the Good Old White Boys Club really
    advising us Now. We are in Deep George Bush DODO!
    Lets hope The Dems grow a pair and get our country back on
    the right track!!! Just Hoping!!!!

    January 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  72. Sam Fairview, Texas

    Bipartisanship is a myth.

    Other than wartime issues, republicans seem to vote with republicans while democrats choose to vote with their fellow democrats on various issues.

    Money, big corporations, and fellow party affiliates affect the voting patterns of Senators and House members.

    Due to the fact that there are contributions coming in at both sides for different politicians, nothing actually gets accomplished.

    If on the off chance something does get done in congress it almost always is just a knee jerk reaction to self inflicted chaos.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  73. Dennis north Carolina

    Jack, only a fool or a brainless person could say that this spirit has ever existed in politics. the correct words are power and corruption which exist between a two party system. At the end of the day, the enemies be comes friends and they sing the song " I got you " or " did we fool them today" . The only way to have a true democracy is have one party rule at a time so there can be no excuses and if it does not work put the other party in in the next election.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  74. Donna Wisconsin

    It never left. President Obama is the only fresh, willing to listen and compromise person in Washington. Some Democrats and all the Republicans are more interested in 'same old, same old' than helping the President solve this economic problem. They come up with the same thing over and over again. CUT TAXES! But they don't like–all of a sudden–the trillion dollar debt they and Bush created. So how dose cutting taxes some more for the rich going to hold down the debt? Partisianship is alive and kicking until 2010 and we vote them out–again. In the mean time where are all these people going to go when they lose their house because they lost their job and now can't feed their families? Where do we put them? Where do they go? OH! I'll bet John McCain will let them live in one of his 11 houses! That takes care of 100 people.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  75. Chris, Kansas City

    Can't we all just get along? Make love not war!

    January 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  76. Scott, Wichita

    The spirit of bipartisanship has been dead since Lincoln, Jack.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  77. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Reptiles don`t cooperate, they just swallow you whole, so they alone can survive. How frightning this liberal movement must be, for the far right. If the democrats don`t include plenty of selfish goodies for the GOP, they will never get there cooperation.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  78. dakota don from akra

    Already dead? It takes two to tango and the republicans never put aside their brass knuckles and lead pipes, making for a dance macabre of some sort, but a tango it ain't. The republicans, having brought the country to the edge of catatrophe, will now do their damnedest to give it that last push over the edge in the hope they can later blame it all on Obama and regain the presidency and congress.

    The democrats suck lemons, but the republicans are foaming at the mouth mad dogs.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  79. Bob

    Biparatisanship can't die because it never existed and it never will exist so long as the Repblican party continues to ignore the results of the past two national elections and continues to play to its so called "base".


    January 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  80. Valentine in NY

    The Republican party is a disgrace. I would be very embarassed to call myslef a Republican representative right now. Since Reagan and and especially while Bush 43 was in office, they have made blunder after blunder. I am soooo sick of them and the rest of America is sick of them too. They are going to play politics like they always have. They will do everything in their power to undermine Barack Obama becuase they don't have any good ideas for our country and they don't really care about us, the people. There only strategy is to make Barack look bad. There was never any bipartisanship. The democrats better recognize this and make sure they limit the Republican influence as much as possible because they have hurt us enough and we just can't take it anymore.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  81. Conor in Chicago

    It would seem that conservative Republicans are doing what they and theire ilk always seem to do: Put your faith in Jesus before putting it into reason, cooperation, and the spirit of greater community, unless said community involves the Christian god of course.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  82. Markel Houston

    Members of both parties need to grow up, put on their "big kid pants" and get to work for the good of the UNITED States of America. I thought we had sent them a clear, unambiguous message during the last two election cycles.

    Perhaps we need to lock them inside their respective chambers until they learn how to get along and work together. That's pretty much what Mom did to us!

    January 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  83. Chris from Buffalo, N.Y.

    It's not that bipartisanship is dead, it's more that bipartisanship is a mythical creature. Every president since George Washington has promised to eliminate partisan politics and none of them have been able to do it. Obama will be no different.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  84. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    One legislator's vision of bipartisanship is the other's vision of partisanship. So I guess we are back to business as usual, gridlock when we the people can least afford it.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  85. Gerry in Toronto

    Well, if its bi-partisan for right wingnuts like Rush Limbaugh state they want Obama to fail so the GOP can get elected again, then I'd say its doing pretty well.

    The question you should ask the GOP, Jack, is what ever happened to country first?

    January 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  86. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    You can't kill something that doesn't exist. Our Congress has not worked together since WWII and even then there was a lot of disagreement. Isn't it great, we're in the race of economic meltdown and the people in the House and Senate are still behaving like a bunch of kids. They are on a two year notice to get things done or they will find themselves out of a job. Keep up the good work CNN and make sure you keep them honest.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  87. HD Taylor - Arizona

    Bi-partisanship...what is that??? As far as I can see, it just means subjecting the citizens of the USA to the prejudices of the extreme fringes of both the left and the right. In retrospect, neither one of these 2 political parties represent the citizens of the USA. The Republicans have done a fine job of screwing over this nation and its economy via their neocon puppets they put in office 8 years ago. Now they simply want to play obstructionist as they continually put their party ahead of their commitment to the US Constitution and the actual citizens of the USA. True bi-partisanship is a fallacy as our elected officials are beholden only to those who own them and that is limited to people who have lobbyists in Washington.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  88. Richard - Knoxville TN

    We, the US Tax Payer, had to fork out $105 BILLION for house republican bribes (earmarks) before they would get on board with the "TARP" program - Guess republicans in the senate want THEIR $105 Billion in bribes before they will put the country first (Lets see – 41 republican senators divided into $105 Billion equals, ah, about $2.6 Billion each - Oh Ya - Bi-Partisonship is alive and well - You betcha -

    As a sidebar, it almost makes me sick every time I think about how close McCain and Caribu Barbie came to being in the White House -

    January 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  89. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, yes. It is a catchphrase that is introduced solemnly at appropriate times in campaigns, political speeches to create the illusion that party ideologies are malleable and seek only what is good for the people at all times. In reality, party ideologies do matter because it defines the philosophy of politicians' beliefs. It taints everything they say or think and it is difficult for them to see any merit in each others proposals. The result, legislation that may benefit the majority of the people gets seriously modified or it outright rejected. Even in these difficult economic times, when it is needed most, bipartisanship is a rare commodity.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  90. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    The republicans will be bi-partisan under one condition:
    that the proposed legislation is more republican than Bush's was.
    Until then it will be attemped gridlock. Luckily, Obama only needs a few bi-partisan republicans to overcome more gridlock.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  91. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Jack, if you listen to right wing radio (which I do for kicks) they are attacking President Obama, the Democrats, Republicans who work towards compromise, and so-called “blind and lazy Americans” that voted to throw the GOP out of office. For these people, bipartisanship and compromise are signs of weakness and failure. They are prophets to some degree, because Obama’s success means their tyrannical dogma is on the way out. So, I think bipartisanship may be on a triumphant return.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  92. Jeff in Connecticut

    Not entirely. There is exists the exact same amount there was during the last 8 years. During that time, Congressmen & Senators knowingly voted for corrupt, self-serving policies repeatedly. What on earth makes anyone believe somone like that can ever be rehabilitated?

    January 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  93. Tony from Torrington

    It died on January 20th, 2009 in Washington DC.

    January 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  94. Chad --Los Angeles

    Well, maybe not dead, but he could have eased into the undoing of all Bush's bad policies. Too many reversals at one time are making Republicans upset that things they got approved with Bush are just getting overturned, no matter how bad the policy choices were. History has shown the good old party sticks with policies just to avoid flip-flopping, no matter how horrible the policy has turned out to be.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  95. Cheryle Casar

    President Obama knew all the right things to say that people wanted to hear. Not things they want to do. Neither side is all right and neither side is always wrong. He seems to feel he is off limits and that people should not say things about him or his ideas or quizz him about things. He should just get used to it.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  96. Conor in Chicago

    It's funny when you think about it. Fareed Zakaria in his book "The Post-American World" argues that, when comparing the British Empire to the American Empire one thing stands out. In Britiain the politics was pretty benign. There was a pretty serious sense of common purpose and the dualing parties tended to work together for a common goal. What they lacked were the resources to maintain their empire.

    In America it is the exact opposite. We have the resources, the wealth, and the will to continue a Pax Americana if we want to. But it is the stagnation of our political processes that will destroy us if we don't change our habits soon. The sad thing is that none of our politicians care about any of this. They stay rich so what do they care.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  97. Jackie in Dallas

    Bipartisanship? What is that?

    Between the Democrats shooting themselves in their collective feet by fighting our new President, and Republicans trying to sound all moral and fiscally conservative - even though we all know that they were the ones that got us in this mess - I don't believe it exists...yet.

    I'm seriously hoping that our elected politicians get their act together under our new President. He seems to have a way to bring people together, and if he can do that on Capital Hill, we'd be better off a lot quicker. It is time for a new mode of working together, and if Congress can't find it, then we will keep kicking their sorry behinds to the curb and replace them until we find some willing to work for their true employers - us.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  98. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Bi-partisanship is a figment of the immagination-however--if you scratch my back--I'll scratch your back is very much alive. And I thought car salesmen were shady........ummmmmmmm

    January 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  99. Ron San Diego

    Hey Jack:

    Ya kill me. It was born dead. The Idea is to make it resurrect!!

    Ron K. San Diego

    January 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  100. Claire - Melbourne, FL

    Hello Jack,
    Sadly "Bi"-Partisanship is just a meaningless word to Republicans. These are the same "follow the leader" Ideologs who aided, abetted and enabled Bush/Cheney to put thru all these illegal "priorities" they instituted. I seem to remember something about these partisan hacks NOT allowing the Democrats into congressional discussions about Bush/Cheney bills when they were in the majority.
    What goes around comes around and I hope they enjoy the irrelevency they have worked so hard to achieve!

    January 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  101. Mike S., New Orleans

    I think Republican leaders are still wallowing in the afterglow of eight years of ruthless partisanship. They just haven't figured out yet that this time around, they can't get everything they want even though it hurts every citizen. Boo hoo.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  102. Connie from Indiana

    No Jack, it is alive and well and the moon is still made out of cheese.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  103. Mark in OKC

    Yes, it left with that great humanitarian, Dick Cheney.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  104. earle,florida

    Dead as a doornail,..

    January 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  105. Mike in Colorado

    Obama's hopes for bipartisanship will be dashed by a obstructionist republican party. Rep Boehner has been doing the circuit talking about a CBO study that never took place. An old preliminary study that only looked at that portion going to the appropriations committee and not a larger portion going to two other committees is all that was done. The findings were then defined by the republicans as the total results of the stimulus. This is fraud and this is what Obama is up against – a bunch of frauds who don't mind using deceit to deceive the American public for the sake of the republican party.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  106. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    A lot of your participants think like I do. And, whoever said the Congress voted for the President. They probably stayed home and prayed for some sort of dilemma like we had with Florida some years ago. The people put Obama in and it seems that no matter who we send to "Washington, it doesn't work. All they do is argue and have some hidden agenda. Something that might actually work IS HAVE A DEADLINE ON AGE OF 70 AND NO LATER THAN 75 AND THAT WOULD GET RID OF A LOT OF THE PROBLEM. Those homesteaders in the Congress are unreal.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  107. Annie, Atlanta

    Bipartisanship is only a concept to Republicans to be used against Democrats during campaigns. They are inherently adverse to reaching across any aisles for the benefit of "we the people."

    January 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  108. Lee in TN

    Has there ever been a bi-partisan?

    January 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  109. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Bipartisanship! What bipartisanship?

    January 26, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  110. Charles-NJ

    Yeah – because Reid and Pelosi show such a bipartisan spirit right?

    Nobody has even voted on anything yet and people are bashing Republicans here. Grow up.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  111. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, did Obama really think he personnally would change how Washington works? There are 535 members of Congress who will say to him "NO YOU CAN'T".

    January 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  112. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    When have Republicans been bi-partisan? Bohner and McConnell and the rest of the Minority Leaders are too worried about keeping Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly and the rest of the hate-mongers happy to concern themselves with the plight of the American people!

    Country first? What a joke!

    January 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  113. Melanie in rural IA

    It doesn't exist, never has, never will. Thats why the republicans lost so many seats this election. If they keep up this pace, they will go down even bigger in the next round of elections. They are just slow learners, the key word this election was CHANGE.... and they just ain't getting it.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  114. Les Oklahoma

    One thing about it President Obama is giving the Republican at least a chance to particpate in the process but I think they do not want to. The Republicans do not know which way to turn they have never had someone elected by the margins which Obama was elected. The will of the people is something they do not understand. So I expect fewer in congress in the next few years.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  115. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama will need to wakeup the dead in Washington to see any spirit of bipartianship.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  116. Gigi in Alabama

    Do the people in Washington know the meaning of the word "bipartisan"? John McCain should realize the people of America voted against him and his views . . .maybe he should listen to us and get on the Obama bandwagon. We want something other than Republican "trickle down" voodoo economics.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  117. Fran, Brimley, Michigan

    What spirit???? the only spirit still alive in the Republican Party is that of Ronald Regan and his trickle down economics. It trickled down alright.....right into their pockets. They will never join with the Democrats to elicit a solution to our broken USA. They are too selfish and think no further than their own pockets and the next election!!! You would think they would have learned something from the many Republicans being voted out. I guess you just can't teach old dogs new tricks!!! Woof!!

    January 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  118. Nancy, Tennessee

    Bipartisanship is teetering on the edge a clift, but each Congressman needs to forget about being a Republican or a Democrat and join forces with Americans. We as a nation need an economy that thrives to continue to be the most powerful force in the world. It is time for all who took their oath of office to be sober minded and stop the petty bickering just for the sake of disagreeing. "Love of country" is a good thought for those who make decisions for the rest of us who stand in the trenches waiting for a rope.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  119. John

    Jack: Bipartisanship is not dead yet. It is not endanger of drowning, but the Obama Administration has not ventured into the deep water, yet. I think the Republicans will listen and vote to approve the stimulus package, and Eric Holder will be approved Attorney General. The Republicans will jump on Obama during the budget hearing for the next fiscal year. Hopifully, the people who voted for Obama and company, will jump on the Republibans.

    John from Alabama

    January 26, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  120. Barbara

    Sorry Jack, but Washington doesn't know the meaning of the word bipartisan. Ideology has such a stranglehold on some of these politicians, they 've forgotten that they are suppose to do what's best for the country.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  121. angel in LA

    Bipartisanship is not a fifty-fifty proposition. Someone must be willing to give more than they are getting. Sometimes is will be one side and sometimes it will be the other side. The winner should be the American people. Unfortunately our politicans think the winner should always be themselves or their party.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  122. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack how can anything be dead if it never existed? They better learn how to work together because if they do not they will be standing in a jobless line with the rest of us. Every time the presidency changes parties there are always executive orders being signed, that changes the past party beliefs that do not fit the beliefs of party holding office. They should realize that, except it and move on. The republicans need to know there are a lot of people out of work that are watching TV and cabinet appointees being held up. This doesn't shine a favorable light on them. Republicans trickle down theory along with deregulation hasn't worked. It is time for them to get on board and cooperate in trying something else.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  123. Frank From Selwyn

    The bulk of the elected Republicans are from the more backward areas of the country and their ideas and policies appear to be conducive to their constituent's thoughts and beliefs.

    Since these ideas and policies are the basic contributors to the current conditions in America and they desire to be re-elected it is virtually impossible for them to support anything that would change the status quo.

    The fact is the GOP's main concerns center around the right to own guns, preventing birth control, preventing abortions, preventing gay marriages and keeping the wars going. If you asked any of them they will still say they believe in the free market system and if left alone it will take care of itself.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  124. Bud Emslie Quebec Canada

    It will never work. Bipartisan politics is like the Israelis and the Palestinian war. It goes on and on. One side is always wanting to get the edge on the other. The end of the BUSH ERROR (era) has gone and one would think that a lesson would be learned because of it, but no it's business as usual. Too bad that there are always a couple of dumb Senators and Congressmen in the Government who will never think like the rest. If they could see themselves on the evening news they would be ashamed as we are about them.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  125. Jenna Wade

    Is the spirit of bipartisanship already dead in Washington?

    The GOP never felt they ever HAD to work with the Democrats when they were in power and Americans saw this.

    Now that the Democrats are in power, let's see if the GOP will work with them now.

    Seriously though I doubt that they will.

    The GOP is the party of ME and the Democrats are the party of WE.

    Roseville CA

    January 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  126. John

    Jack: Bipartisanship is not dead, yet. The Republicans will approve the stimulus package and Eric Holder for Attorney General. The Republicans will jump on the Obama Administration if there are no improvements in the economy by January 2010, and the new fiscal year budget will be another bone of contention. When the Republicans jump those who voted for Obama need to jump on the Republicans. Obama deserves a 2 year honeymoon for winning the election by 7%.

    John from Alabama

    January 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  127. karen-phoenix

    Jack: I have been a republican for over 40 years. This year it was Obama all the way. I'm ASHAMED of what the republicans have done to MY country!!! I have sent J. McCain, J. Kyle and Sheddegg burning letters delclaring the republican party dead unless they change their negative ways and start working with PRESIDENT Obama. Obama is the ONLY hope this country has and if the republicans screw it up any more than they already have, they will NOT have a country to work for!!! We will all be picking lettuce in Mexico for 10 cents an hour!!!

    January 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  128. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    It never existed to begin with. Bi-partisanship is a purely fictional concept that is promised during a campaign for the benefit of creating an illusion for the voters. Obama needs to become the peoples "whistle blower" and give us a weekly report on who is helping us, and, more importantly, who is hurting us as he tries to rebuild the American economy. His Presidency should belong to the American people, and not to either party, in fact, a President should have to give up membership in any party once he is elected. He should be looking out for us, and only us.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  129. Ted O. (Canada)

    Republicans can't even spell the word bipartisanship. They ran slipshod when they had majorities and now that they don't have control of the wheel anymore, they'll do the same. The Republican party needs some new young intelligent blood, not more senile intolerant old dinosaurs they have

    January 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  130. Sherri

    Bipartisanship????. Non-existing as long as you have a party of spoiled little juveniles in a classroom with a highly qualified teacher that they can't stand!!. The election win of 53% for Barack Obama means nothing to the Republicans because their interest is their own & not that of the American people which is why we're weighted with 2 wars and a economic abyss, complments of the Bush/Cheney administration GOP.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  131. JR in Norfolk VA

    True bipartisanship only ever occurs when the country is in such dire straits that both parties are compelled to set aside their bickering for the good of the people. Seeing as how this is not happeningnow, I am encouraged that things can't be as bad as what the media and pundits are telling us.

    It is also illogical for anyone to state that one party is more "bipartisan" than the other – the term by definition means that it takes two to tango.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  132. Winston in Berrien Springs, MI

    In the the grand scheme of the hierarchical classification of dead things Jack, bipartisanship in Washington is way way down the on the list, somewhere beneath Disco and a door nail.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  133. sandi-arizona

    We need to help Obama make bi-partisanship come alive. The data base that Obama starts out with is 13 million strong. He needs to and will use it to get the message out to the public to put pressure on our elected officials through calls and emails telling them that they represent us and what we want and need. Because of modern technology we can make our elected officials know what our opinions are in a second. That is how Obama ran his campaign, don't expect him to give up this powerful tool now that he is president. We need to hep him inplement it.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  134. Robert in Galveston

    It is already dead, the republicans don't want their rich piggy tax cuts taken away and they will spend the next 4 years posturing and posing for the neo right, they didn't learn anything from the last elections or maybe they didn't want to learn anything. Treat them like they treated the Democrats when they had all the power.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  135. Phil, Georgia

    Of Course Republicans are back up to their Old partisan Tricks. Democrats must be willing to add some of the ideas of the republicans but just push through with policies that they have a mandate from the people to do.

    They had 6 years to do nothing and get us in this ditch, and we must march on swiftly with or without them!!

    January 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  136. David

    The problem that I have with the GOP is that they complain about Obama plans not working but, don't come with anything themselves. It sound like they're complaining just to complain.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  137. C. H. Collins, II

    What are you talking about Jack, the spirit of bipartianship was NEVER alive in Washington. There was never a honeymoon between Washington, and Obama. The spirit of bipartianship is the will of the people, and Washington just does not get it. The so called honeymoon is also with the people, and Obama, and is still alive. We, the public just cannot wait to get rid of your Speaker of the House, along with Reed, and the rest of the hard line Republicans that just can not get rid of ther pride, greed, and selfishness. They actually think we believe their lies when they hark, "we are looking out for the people". Give me a break. I just hope the President continues to hold his own, use his executive privileges, and keep fighting for the people that actually want change in OUR government. Then WE will make the changes that need to be made in a couple of years, and put in place the people that do get the heart beat of this Country.

    C. H.
    Longview, Texas

    January 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  138. Bud Emslie Quebec Canada

    When George Dubya Bush came into power he said that it was a start of a new Era, What is was it was the start of a new ERROR. There never was a leader in the world who has screwed up the world as he did. So bad that it will probably never get fixed. The infighting between the Dems and the Repub. has started just where they left off. It is no time to fight it is a time for both parties to work together to repair the damage that Dubya has done.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  139. Kay in WV

    There is no such thing as bipartisanship, it requires the one thing that doesn't exist in Washington: courage. President Obama, the Representatives, and the Senators would ALL have to put aside worries about re-election and govern from a position of compromise with neither side "winning" or "losing". It will never happen, what would the soundbytes cover?

    January 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  140. Jackie in Dallas

    Helen, NC

    Oh, by the way, it is "rigor mortis" which is the stiffening of the body after death. And for bipartisanship to be dead and in rigor mortis, it would have had to have been alive at one point. The only time this country has been united and truly bipartisan in the last 20 years is 9/12/01, and the Republicans promptly used that for their own means to weaken the Constitutional rights of the citizens of this country, and to get us into a war that has helped to bankrupt us.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  141. Jeff from British Columbia

    Let's wait and see if Republicans choose to get behind America or their boss Rush Limbaugh.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  142. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    It was never alive. All of these politicians are full of crap. They will say and do whatever makes them popular at the time. They care only for themselves and not the taxpayers. Term limits, Jack, we really need term limits.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  143. Don

    If the republicans were "Poor" there would be bipartisanship because the help that is needed would benifit them as well. They will stonewall progeress because they are not affected by the economy and try to look as though they were right all the while, however; dont think that the american public who voted for the new administration will forget these stunts.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  144. Winston in Berrien Springs, MI

    Scratch my last. (you'll understand why)

    In the the grand scheme of the hierarchical classification of dead things Jack, bipartisanship in Washington is way way up at the very top of the list, right up there with Disco and a door nail.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  145. Jerry- Illinois


    All in the same breath.
    Wow, thats a lot to digest all at once.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  146. Ron from SF

    For Democrats, "Bipartisanship" has always meant date rape. It's the Republican way or the highway and quite frankly, the Democrats should say "if you don't want to play nice, we'll ram this down your throats and forget about things you want, like tax cuts". The Republicans didn't even consider what the Democrats wanted, when they were in control. and it's going to take that kind of stones to clean up the mess the Republicans made.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  147. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Bipartinsanship is a word like Santa Claus. It makes you smile and feel fuzzy inside, but does not exist. In Congress it's more like two muggers going through the victim's pockets at the same time.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  148. Chris, New York City

    If President Obama, continues to implore, and exemplify bipartisanship, it will be acheived under a consensus, minority of republicans, which is better than nothing....... As the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day." The same w/ bipartisanship...... However it's worth his continued efforts. As far as Obama reversing some of Bush's policies,(i.e. Global Gag Rule), look at it this way, when Clinton was in office he overturned, Bush 41's policies, when W. Bush got into office, he overturned Clinton's policies (namely GGR)..... Simple and plain, when a parties in office most of their global policies, will reflect their party. So as of now, science, and medicine is once again accepted in the U.S., however when Republicans find their way back to office, they'll overturn the policies (except lasting one's which all presidents leave behind), Obama has set up. As far as the 825bill stim. plan, I need the populus to know that this is the main street bailout........ Let's get behind it........ I hope there is substantial tax cuts in the package, as well as infrastructure spending, and down payments on future policies to come........ basically a bipartisan bill. If not bipartisan, at least a bill that will be for the people. -–Also... I agree w/ LM from Fayetteville NC, get rid of these older men who are severely stuck in the Reagan era, and swear that's the best president since G. Washington....... Republicans wake up and study other great GOPers, you know Eisenhower, T.Roosevelt, the progressives.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  149. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Bi-partisanship in Washington is: If you agree with me without question; you are bi-partisan. If you don't agree; you're partisan. And the band played on and on.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  150. saylor

    no hope

    January 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  151. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, been dead for years, I know president Obama is trying to give it CPR, but I think he may as well be blowing the air to the wind. Too many of our Politicians are more interested in their party lines rather then the people they represent. They are always concerned when it's election time. I say the only way we can solve this is term limits for Congressmen and Senators. Two terms period, just like the President.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  152. Diane Glasser

    I do not think the Republicans in Congress ever wanted to work cohesively with the new President. Several of them have already stated they will filibuster to get their own agenda across or use it to block the President's economic package. The Republicans know they can wreak havoc in Congress and they will try to see how far they can push before they are finally stopped by the American public.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  153. Donald in CA

    Yes. As long as idiots such as Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin
    are the voice of the republican party there will never be bipartisanship.
    Even John McCain wouldnt denounce Limbaughs remarks about hoping the Obama administration fails. This is the type of attitude that
    the American people said they were tired of in the 2008 election.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  154. Darren

    He refuses to see his chalk outline on the Senate floor abd see his political fate for what it is. DOA.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  155. cody athens al

    bipartisanship has never been easy to obtain, but here is the thing jack. Democrats do not need the republicans for the next 4 years.Just get on with righting the ship. nobody cares about the die hard republicans and their ideas that have wrecked this country, THE PEOPLE have spoken, do your.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  156. Daniel, Indiana

    It has been dead for some time. I think the "Contract With America" was a good indication that the nail was being put in the coffin. Bipartisanship has been a problem since George Washington took office and it has had it's ups and downs since. We are in one of those down periods at the present and, like the economy, is going to remain down for some time to come. The Republicans aren't about to change and, with leaders like Reid and Pelosi, the Democrats aren't going to change that any time soon.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  157. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    To Heck with "bi-partisanship." It has and will never be. Republicans like Boehner do not have the nation's interest in mind. And as long as their constituency stands to benefit from the voodoo economics of the Bush tax cuts (for the wealthy), they never will. It's up to Obama and his fellow winners to take charge and do what's right for the nation in spite of the GOP.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  158. JW in Atlanta

    It's an enigma that some in a position to influence the direction of our nation might actually choose to do political damage just so they can cling to a failed ideology. It would be sad if it weren't so expensive for all of us, particularly during this troubled economic time.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  159. Linda in Arizona

    Republicans will ALWAYS put party politics ahead of the welfare of the country. Remember mccain picking sarah palin? Like that. President Obama is either setting it up so that the republicans are exposed for being the obstructionists they are, or else he is appallingly naive. Those creeps are NEVER going to cooperate with Democrats for the good of the country. Count on it.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  160. Dan, Chantilly VA

    The only way to get two groups of people to agree is to present a third group as a common enemy. Yet another reason why two party systems don't work. Oh well, we get what we're voting for.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  161. Franky

    Is dead Jack, is been dead since Senator McCain won the nominee for crying out loud, LOL!!

    January 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  162. Bruce, Georgia

    At least Obama is giving the Republicans a chance to contribute.
    From what I remember Bush just told democrats to shut up and take it.

    January 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  163. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    You gotta be kidding! Bipartisanship has been dead and buried for decades.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  164. John from collinsville, Illinois

    I certainly hope not ! As in sport games one person can't win the game alone it takes team work.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  165. Jay-San Antonio

    Jack, the truth is It never was resuscitated. And in the condition of the economy and the urgency with which government thinks it needs to act, it may not be rersuscitated. Only when things get worse and people stop thinking that there representative is doing whats right and everyone else is crazy, Only when the people are willing to vote the congress out and start over will Obama's attempts for bipartisan behavior become a reality. Until then the members of Congress will continue to behave as they do. Resuscitation will only come from ballot box pressure period!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  166. George

    If the Republicans want to keep acting like Republicans I think maybe it might just be, but it is not in the best interest of their party. Next election they will be the third, or fourth party, or at least that is where they will finish in an election. Obama is not going to put up with gamesmanship because he has made it clear that the peoples business comes first. Republicans call for bipartisanship, but prectice partisanship. I guess they think we are too dumb to see it, but we do.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  167. Tom from philly

    Except for that one senate seat, we really dont need it. the president is being diplomatic by even listening. Why is it under republican rule we have to give them what they want and not they have a sad minority, they still want us to give them what they want, Voodoo economics is just as failed and MORE expensive than the war on poverty/great society.

    This just proves they are the bully on the school yard roughing up everyone for their milk money. Even after they get kicked down they get up and say im going to get u. One more seat, one more seat, time will take care of the rest the electorate has changed, permanently

    January 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  168. Lisa Casey, Ashford, Alabama

    Without tax cuts, anti-abortion and gay marriage in the discussion, Republicans will continue to step on their trunks.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  169. garrick

    hi jack
    let the GOP just go away for 2yrs and let them find a message,because they are all over the place,Bush and Cheney has really done the party alot of damage,and Palin just makes it worst.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  170. Charles-NJ

    This is really sad, for 2 reasons.

    1) That Cafferty feels it necessary to print articles like this every other day which only perpetuates the hard feelings between Republicans and Democrats. You are contributing to the divisiveness!

    2) That a good number of people that post here apparently actually believe that every Republican or Democrat fits a specific mold. It's simply not so. I know many Repubicans that voted for Obama, and I know some Democrats that voted for McCain.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  171. Eileen Peabody MA

    No. Our political system was set up purposefully to give everybody a voice. There are many real people who oppose the economic stimulus...mostly because they got burnt with the bailouts.

    However, President Obama is working with the system very intelligently. He is speaking to the PEOPLE, they in turn will contact their representatives.

    Now...the bipartisanship will come through only when these representatives begin to ignore their constituents. You will hear it LOUD and CLEAR.

    If the republicans try to push back simply for the sake of pushing back they will lose even more seats in each division of the Congress.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  172. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, the American people have spoken. Obama has been selected to help lead us out of this mess. Let it be know that any legislator who decides to play politics with this critical economic situation be voted out come the next round of elections. If they're not on the same page, they have to go. That includes the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. I hope Obama will list by legislator how each one voted on this issue so the people from their home state will know if their representatives on the same page with the President.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  173. grace

    Jack We the people now know we can make the G.O.P.understand that we have the power to make further changes if they are determined not to compromise with our new President to bring America back to fiscal sanity we will work very hard to remove more Republicans from the Senate so that we can work to rebuild America.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  174. Rian McMurtry

    Not as long as Obama keeps trying. He might have to push a few bills through Congress with just Democratic support and ask the Democrats in Congress to kill all Republican-initiated bills in committee before the Republicans catch on that they need to work with him instead of against him. Most of them aren't very bright, so he'll need hit them with Teddy Roosevelt's big stick a few (dozen) times.

    Davis, California.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  175. Lynn, Boise, ID

    Even though the President is trying hard to get folks working together, bipartisanship will never happen. Congress will never work together even if they have a golden opportunity to save our dieing country. That's what happens when you have two sides who are more interested in being right than in doing what's right.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  176. Richard Green

    The only bipartisanship I've ever seen is when the Democrats cave in to the Republicans. Obama and the Dems need to change their focus from bipartisanship to getting done what needs doing. If the GOP wants to delay and filibuster, so be it; but the Dems need to stop diluting their effort to help the American people by worrying about "bipartisanship". Republicans have never worried about it. Let them show themselves for the what they are.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  177. Ryan

    Bipartisanship is something that is neccesary in Washington to make things function and unfortunatly it seems to be only a gimic that politicians use every now and then to make it seem like they are doing something. With the exception of some Congressmen and woman that fight hard everyday to get things done bipartisanship is dead in Washington. Its up to us to weed out the Congressmen that are not doing the peoples work and send 'em packin. Only then can we have a government truly for the people of the United States of America.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  178. Rick Cairns Swarthmore, Pa

    Not just dead, but decomposed to the point of corruption.
    And why? Because the republicans only chance at future power is the absolute failure of Obama's first three years. This is why they are insisting on more than 1/3 of the relief package be tax cuts. They didn't work in th 80's, (It's the economy stupid), and bigger tax cuts worked even worse in the latest attempt at Trickled Out.
    I expect Obama to continue to try to reach across the isle. I expect the republicans to continue to be obstructionist, and to continue to call those of us struggling in the middle class "Whiners".

    January 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  179. Ken @ Charlotte, NC


    Obama's attempt at reviving bipartisanship was aborted before it was born by really, really stupid short sighted people. These people who claim to be looking out for America are so transparently trying to undermine Obama for their cheap political advantage. We will clean the rest of them out in the next election.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  180. Ed Woodbridge,Va.

    Yes it is dead as long as Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi run the show on Capitol Hill! How come these people on Capitol Hill do not have term limits?

    January 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  181. Jack Carlson

    Come on Jack ! Obama wants the Republicans to vote for his so called Stimulus Package so that the Democrats can also say when it fails "the Republicans are guilty as well". The jobs in the package are few and down the road and temporary (we laugh at the attempts of politicians to fool some of us). It's as clear as the day is long on June 21st "the game is on" and Obama know how to talk up the game.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    January 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  182. Jasmine in Germany

    No, it hasn't started yet. These are just normal hurdles after the changing of the guard. Our civil servant representatives should question and not blindly follow, that is what they are getting paid for. Too bad they didn't do so in the former administration.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  183. James in Dublin, OH

    Our government is not going to every function well until we learn to work together to resolve key issues. John McCain may not have won the race, but after seeing his interview on Larry King last week, I think that he needs to be a voice of reason, a voice of bipartisanship that our country most certainly should listen to. Divided we fall...

    January 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  184. Ken M . Millington MI

    Hello Jack. Remember when president 43 was in office and rammed almost everything he wanted down our throats with the help of his fiscal conservative house and senate minnions. Oh yeah weren't they the same group that doubled our national deficit? Now all of a sudden they have come back to their fiscal conservative ideals since the new stimulus package is for the average joe americans. Know wonder that grand ole party is on life support . Please pull the plug put us out of their missery.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  185. ronvan

    Again, pack your bags and turn off the lights. You can already see it will be "politics as usual"! Democrats – Republicans – Independents-
    are already getting ready to say THEY have the answer!! IF WE survive the next 4 years the ONLY way this will stop is for WE THE PEOPLE to oust all those politicans, and anyone else, that showed they were more interested in their jobs than this country!!!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  186. James in TN

    I would say "yes" but did you really think it would last, it's like your the kids with all the candy in class, everybody is your friend, until it is all gone.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  187. Ralph Nelson

    Yes, the Republicans always specialize in killing it. All you have to do is extend the tax cut to the rich until 2013 and guarantee to not investigate President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and the Republicans are on board. Time to give the Republicans tickets on the Titanic. and don't wave goodbye. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  188. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Nope. It's not dead at all. Although Obama is promoted as the "one" he has not yet proven he can really walk on water or part the Potomac. After decades of partisan bickering, I think it's going to take a little more than one week to change the way Washington works. Let's chill out and give the guy a little more time to feed the multitudes with a basket of fish and bread.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  189. Jay in Texas

    In order to have bipartisanship, you must have two parties. We only have the illusion of two parties when, in fact, we have only one party – the Corporate Democrat/Republican Party. Wake up America !
    Brownwood, Texas

    January 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  190. David

    No Jack, but the GOP already has it by the throat ... won't be long now!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  191. Jerry, Allentown, Pa

    No Jack. What you're describing is bi-partisanship at work. It's not a pretty picture but don't be naive, you're looking at it. The republicans are thrilled that Obama put in all those tax cuts for businesses in the stimulas package and that the President is reaching out for their input at all. They just can't show it. Same with the nominations of Obama's cabinet. They couldn't just rubber stamp all the candidates without some resistance. (In this case Eric Holder for Attorney General).
    As far those executive orders that President Obama signed in the past week? No surprises to the Republicans. They're just glad they managed to keep their jobs for another term. They are so lame duck.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  192. NYC REPUB

    On another note......... all citizens making between 15k – 100k, need to realize that most politicians, and news correspondents don't care about us much....... It's hilarious to see congress, which are 80% wealthy, and political pundits who are very well off, discuss and influence the political conversations of the day....... My fellow Americans, we need to stand up to this fake posturing in congress and the media....only then will we get things done, and only then will we have the have's, full attention....... At least obama, who admitted his wealth, was willing to pay higher taxes, so that the middle class, and poor could have some relief. now everywhere you look, just like during the campaign, these repub's are bad mouthing the guy every chance they get...... enough w/ conservatism, I miss the progressive republicans.....You may ask why such partisan feelings, well let's look back at the campaign. While repubs, screamed against the "on" elite media, they Guiliani, Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson, made fun of a community oraganizer during the RNC....... I'm telling you Repubs, these days, and some Dems, and Indy's(independents), are out of the social loop. Really don't forget the elite smug they gave a black ex community organizer, who was then a jr. senator, and understand how they lost the presidency....... I still like McCain though...... he didn't do things of that nature, and is still a hero.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  193. Danny , Sacramento,Ca

    Jack all I hear from Rep. Boehner and Sen. McConnell is that the only way to pass the stimulus package is through more corporate and millionaire welfare . In other words to follow the footsteps of the Bush tax cuts and giveaway's that got us into this boat we are in already. So Id say bi-partisanship is D.O.A.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  194. David in Germany

    No Jack, but the GOP already has it by the throat … won’t be long now!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  195. Al, Lawrence KS

    I don't think it is dead yet. Call me an optimist, but Obama is trying to cultivate and nurture this seed of bi-partisanship. A little more water and some encouragement from the rest of us, and it just might take root and grow. The Republicans are adding a little manure, but sometimes that can help, too.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    My Buddy Jack Cafferty. You know it is dead. What do you expect when we have a socialist president Barack Hussein Obama supposedly trying to bring the parties together. Then when he doesn't like what the Republicans have to say, he rubs it in on them by saying I won the election. He wants the Republicans to rubber stamp everything he does. I am just hoiping Obama doesn't destroy the country in his first term before he gets booted out of office.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  197. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    it should not last too long if they wake-up and come to the realization that they lost the election and the majority of americans want this stimulus package (especially that it is presented with transparency and accountability and reforms to the financial sector) and many are loosing their jobs while they have one...they better work for it to keep that job next time around!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  198. Tammy from TN

    This is unbelievable. For 8 years the Dems pulled out all the stops in being partisan, insulting, and just plain mean to President Bush and the Repubs. Obama is running into partisanship? No, he is creating it. I can't believe the level of ignorance displayed on this board. Everything Jack said above is the exact opposite of the truth. But you all keep sucking it up. Sad indeed.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  199. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    When ever have the Republicans been bi-partisan? The only Republicans I can think of that I have any respect for are Chuck Hagel and John McCain – who, after conceding the election, has shown himself to be someone who really CARES about his country.

    Let's all hope that the Republican party will go the way of the Whigs, Tories and Federalists, etc. Parties DO die and frankly, I think the stink of rotten death has been on the GOP for the past 20 years.

    This election, they really managed to bury themselves. Somebody say a prayer and let's move on. We have real work to do, and with any luck, the next election will remove all these do-nothing obstructionists.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  200. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, here's a surprise – there never was a spirit of bipartisanship. That was only a hope that Republican politicians would respond to the mood of the public, and work together for the good of us all and the country. To be fair to the Republicans, and I'm not sure why I should, the Democrats aren't going out of their way to include the opposition in the legislative process. However, The Republicans have a record of not being very effective at good legislation, so there you are.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  201. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    If it is, the GOP is dead. The public is in no mood for the same Reaganomics, “Trickle down economics”. Since WW2 the government has fed the economy by trillions in taxes and close to eleven trillion dollars borrowed. May I suggest to our Republicans friends, American business has always been possible because of the flow of dollars from the taxpayer’s treasury in Washington. It has always been a socialized market paid by us the people, so hush up the BS about socialism. So go help the President stimulate, that is what we have been doing for the market for decades, and we need more of the same.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  202. steve , dana point , ca.

    actions speak louder than words ! look at president obamas cabinet , and then look at the jack boot lock step actions of republicans . look at the diversity of those who voted for president obama, then look at those who would profit from obstruction . meaningful discussion vs rhetoric . republicans don't know the meaning bipartisanship , their the party of " my way or the highway " ," if your not with us your against us " and " UNILATERALISM " . bipartisanship is something they can't live with .

    January 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  203. Robert Thomson

    Jack – To say that Eric Holder's nomination is a "bone of contention" with the republicans in Congress is putting it mildly. You need to let your viewers know that congressioal republicans are demanding that Holder pledge not to prosecute any of the Bush administration persons for crimes comitted during the Bush presidency or they will stall his confirmation. The republicans are the partisian hacks and the democrats have no choice but to answer in a partisian manner. Same old crap from the right wing. You're either with us or you're not a patriot. They lost bigtime in 2008 and still haven't learned. How dumb and arrogant can they be?

    Bob from Southfield, MI

    January 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  204. Ken in NC

    Republicans must cause President Obama to fail. If they do not cause him to fail then they will be removed from office for generations to come and branded as the cause of the problems of the 2000 to 2008 era. It was dead and buried on Nov. 4,2008.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  205. Janny from NJ

    GEEZ give it a chance !! I am one democrat who happens to appreciate republican feedback and I also happen to think they are right. I voted for change not for members of my party to get everything they want.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  206. George from NYC

    I don't thik it's dead, I think that things in Washington already look a lot happier than they did 2 years ago. I think the flavor of things is different. It isn't about "you are for this so I'm against it." It"s really about debating all the issues and options, putting it all on the table, and trying to find a real solution.

    I credit Obama with doing more to foster amnity than Bush did. Bush was a "love him or hate him." Obama is a "love him or be displeased with him." It's very hard to work together when you are polarized. It's easier when you feel like you want the same thing, but disagree on how to get it.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  207. Wm in PA

    Let us hope it is being brought back from the deep coma that looked like it was dead. If not America may become dead. The time for "just me" and to heck with you is over.
    The steaks for the U. S. and the world are too great. Cooperation, negotiation leading to bipartisan agreement must be the order of the day.
    It would be great to see news editors too join and help. Fostering and reporting on conflict makes the petty differences appear bigger and allows the media to be manipulated by the minority for their personal gain.
    As once said by a wise person: "United we stand, divided we fall."
    We can rise to the challenge and stand.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  208. Dan from Alliance, OH


    There never was such a thing. Congress does not get it at all. These people live in some sort of dream world and they all are members of the what is best for me club.


    January 26, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  209. Karl from SF, CA

    Hmmm, bipartisanship. An interesting concept. Could it ever really work? It would be the greatest invention since sliced bread.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  210. Jim Handy

    We will never have bipartisanship until we start seeing the change we were promised . There was suppused to bend to this unneeded spending and waste and now we once again have Pelosi and Reid trying to push through a stimulas bill loaded with pork. Seems like business as usual in congress to me.

    Inglewood , ca.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  211. Maria

    I hope not cause that would really suck for all of us hoping that this administration will be able to start fixing all the problems we have...plus I think it's normal to have people from opposing parties not agree on everthing, I'd rather have that instead of everyone agreeing on everything 100%...

    January 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  212. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    There is nothing new to a new President changing the policies of the former President. And most of these changes to policy were in fact needed to reflect today's ever changing environment. I haven't heard too much grumbling from the Republican's over this concerning Obama, but you can clearly see the battle lines being setup by the Democratic Congress. I wish that they would all grow up, which is another order from Obama that they are not following.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  213. Matt


    The fastest way that we are going to have any of the groups come together is to inject more parties into congress. There has never been bipartisanship with anything that the government has done.

    If we had three to five parties being represented in congress we may have a chance to have a more middle of the road decision that hives everyone buy in. But with two parties, we are going to see two extremes, one self-indulgent and the other patriotic.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  214. Jason, Koloa, HI

    How can something die that was never really born in the first place?

    Besides, WHO CARES? Democrats don't really need much help from republican'ts to get things done. There power has been reduced to the equivalent of the two old guys griping from the balcony on "The Muppet Show". Republicans are impotent and there is no such thing as political Viagra. Ha

    January 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  215. Alice in California

    If it isn't dead yet it soon will be. Rush Limbaugh is out there leading the charge, with his hope that the new president will fail. Rush, of course, is framing his attacks as "fighting against the dreaded LIBERALISM" and believe me there are plenty of people who are willing to believe anything he says. This is Patriotism?

    January 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  216. Gigi

    When did we ever...I think we are all laughing on the outside and crying on the inside over your question. We need to write our are Representatives and tell we are not amused and promise to vote them out then do it. The problem is they don't want to give up their perks. If either side helps the working class they loose their perks. What a shame.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  217. jim kanous ny

    I think it is to soon to judge the "spirit of bipartisanship"... the 2 party system is designed for debate ... the key will be how President Obama is able to convert the debate into good public policy. In the past the debate just created conflict... that created more debate and more conflict... and we ended up with a government that just fought fire after fire. We need some time to see if the talented and charismatic campaigner can apply those skills to the actual job of being president.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  218. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    this is good news to hear a President that makes the mideast a priority so early on! Peace demand constant involvement!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  219. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    are you kidding me , it was never alive!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  220. Gord

    It seems to me that bipartisanship these days means roll over and die if you don't agree with the President. I want the parties to work together but at the same time I want a "loyal opposition" to question what's going on. A little more opoosition and we probably wouldn't have blindly walked into Iraq.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  221. Alan, Buxton Maine

    It was never alive. If the Republicans can't get their way they will make sure nobody else gets what they want.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  222. John

    I have never thought the president could or should be responsible to make this change. It is a government of for and by the people. If what we want our politicians namely the president to do is troubled by others then it is our job to kick them out of the high paid civil service job we hired them for. None of them are servants to the people and to prove my point servants do not get paid for their service. Which of them will give the salary of their position up first.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  223. Roland

    Bipartisanship has been dead for a long time, Jack. Perhaps it's time to think about tripartisanship. Now that would be real "change" in Washington!

    St. George, UT

    January 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  224. Lewis

    It seems like Obama is constanly trying to "sell" poilicies to the Republicans. It is a nice gesture but really how much bipartanship can you expect from such a huge Democratic majority. Considering how Bush acted with his small majority ...... What is good for the goose is good for the gander! We can just hope that this president can make better choices!

    January 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  225. Teasha

    Is it dead? It never existed! The word "bipartisanship" is an oxymoron. Congress' petty squabbling is their #1 excuse for not getting things done. The American people need to wake up, vote them out and send a strong message to their successors that we have had enough! Electing a new President is only part of the "Change" equation.

    January 26, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  226. Pugas=AZ

    The only spirt (s) in the Congress are those that have been floating around for decades moving counter to the will of the people. I'm afraid that even this current crises will be unable to change that mentality. Best of luck Mr. Obama.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  227. ED in RI

    Let's give Obama a chance. Undoing the environmental abuses of the Bush administration is a full term of executive orders alone.
    The GOP has spent eight years playing checkers with Bush. Let sleeping dogs lie.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  228. Barbara - NC

    It was never alive. It was a phrase that some used to get themselves re-elected to their cushey jobs so they could vote themselves big raises with our tax dollars. They had better say their prayers in 2010. Hungry people are angry and remember the ones that got all the money.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  229. Marietta

    Dead always been dead and will be as long as there is a Republican Party and their leader Rush L.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  230. D. Texas

    Yes I think so

    January 26, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  231. Dean in Pa


    I think Obama is and will try his hardest to have input from all parties but he MOST respect and listen to the people who put him in office.
    If the Repubs don't agree the 2010 election will tell the tale.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  232. Carolyn in Houston

    I think bi-partisanship could work if Republicans did a reality check and realize 1. W. is gone. 2. Their Party received a blistering spanking in November b/c it destroyed everything it touched and 3. 68% of the American people support President Obama.

    Republican outrage over the stimulus package is ginned up false silliness. They're dragging out moth eaten talking point nonsense from the Reagan era.

    Two economists have already debunked the GOP's arguments against the stimulus package, Paul Krugman being one of them.

    If they don't want to get run out of Washington on another rail in 2010 I'd suggest the Republicans stop their whining and bellyaching and get to work. It's fine with me if they choose to get run out of town again in 2010 and 2012. We need lawmakers who will work for us and not for their egos.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  233. vern-t anaheim,ca

    unfortunatly i haven't seen much evidence of bipartisanship in quite awhile usually the fault of republicans who do not want to cooperate with democrats on anything.we have recently heard rush limbaugh's comment he hopes obama fails,is that bipartisanship?

    January 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  234. Kiran Atlanta, GA

    No it is very much alive but only to their benefit. If it is for any good to common man bipartisanship was never existed at all.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  235. Mary, Chicago

    I had hope but not anymore. But I have faith in President Obama, he'll get things done.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  236. Sara

    Don't kid yourself, Jack. Bi-partisanship never existed. I realize what President Obama is trying to do here,and it's great, but all we have in Congress on both sides is a bunch of whining babies. I had kids in my daycare that behaved better than some of those people sitting in Washington. I am starting to think they want us to go into a Depression. They'll still have healthcare and a paycheck. I wish they could all work together for the good of this country, but it seems like all they can do is fight. They have an ego problem which is represented in recent public opinion of Congress–maybe they should take a look in the mirror and take a look at Obama and see why people like him. He get's things done.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  237. John, Fayetteville, NY

    Don't even think about bipartisanship, it's not the way our government runs, it is a means of checks and balances. While that may be something you're dreaming about in lala land, it's not going to happen here, never, never, never......there are too many philosophical differences between the two parties, and even within each of the parties.

    Wake up America, reality is about to hit you......and it's going to hurt, and it's going to leave a mark...........

    January 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  238. Anna

    It was never alive. These highly paid, highly educated men and women on both sides of the aisle are no better than the spoiled brats you see on The Nanny. Maybe she needs to be brought into both House and Senate and have their little butts kicked around the room a time or two and we'd finally achieve bipartisanship.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  239. Tom in Iowa

    The Republicans were GLEEFUL when they found out that the Democrats did not have a super majority (60 votes) in the Senate. That way they could filibuster everything that the Democrats tried to push through.

    They never intended to put aside partisanship or to support anything that President Obama put on the table.

    Same old politics as usual.

    Tom in Iowa

    January 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  240. John Barraclough

    Bipartisanship has been dead in Washington for many years. We had legislators in the past that became statesmen because they could work across party lines for the good of the country. Now, we only seem to have politicians who are in it for themselves and are more interested in working for special interests not the people who elected them and getting reelected.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  241. Pat

    States are paying out millions of dollars in Medicaids costs for obstetrical care. Then women cannot get affordable family planning and they end up pregant again. It is a tragic scenario that I deal with daily as an Women's Health Nurse Practitioner for the pregnant poor. Nancy Pelosi is a very wise women.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  242. Noreen from Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Jack, until all of our elected officals relize they work for We The People or until we are smart enough to vote them out of office bipartisanship will never happen. The only real solution is a 3rd.party. Please tell people to WAKE UP.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  243. Roy - Chicago IL

    First, reversing an errant executive order from the previous President who had a 22% approval rating can hardly be called partisan!
    Second, as long as one party runs AGAINST another party in the elections, bipartisanism is an ideal like a black hole, good in theory, but rarely seen in real life. If the carrot on the end of the electoral stick was not so big.....maybe the parties would work together more. Perhaps they should put working together on a bill in the language of the bills (i.e. you MUST work together on this...kids).

    January 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  244. Sandi , Oklahoma

    Jack, if it isn't it ought to be. All of those out of touch Republicans need a reality check. The American people have finally decided that they are sick and tired of supporting the wealthy. The days of the rich getting and staying rich from the labors of the poor are over! Hopefully forever.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  245. Robbin Jones

    Bipartisanship in D.C., you'd have to believe in Oz to believe that. The Repubs will continue spouting the same old hackneyed "trickle down and tax cuts," which is amusing considering that the very GAO report they keep citing says that the tax cuts don't work to create jobs and we all know which drain that trickle down unsanitary waste goes in.

    Someone should give the Republicans a history lesson involving Hoover, his Republican colleagues, and the last slide into depression. They need to learn to stop doing the same thing and expecting different results.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm |

    Dear Jack I have been lisening to all these experts telling us how to fix the economic problems that we now face, these people are not the ones that are suffering.the first thing to do is to reduce the cost of living,rents, hydro ,,gas ,drugs food ,phone .giving money ,hand outs will not help, what we need is a 20% reduction now in all these things that effect us every day, make it mandatory,if is not done. god help us all ;

    January 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  247. Rose, Chicago

    I think Republican extremists engineered the current financial crash specifically to eliminate all government programs not related to their military contracts and stuffing the pockets of their multinational corporate pals.

    Voters are fed up, and Washington had better start paying attention.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  248. Susan Haught

    Yes, I am so sick of hearing about the tax cuts. And the GOP is upset Tell me please. If the tax cuts to the rich was so good why aren't they creating more jobs. They have had 8 yrs and taxes cut but look where we are. Give it to the poor so callled middle class that have work 40 hrs. a week and more just to make ends meet. They will I am sure put it back into the economy. We don't have the tax breaks the rich have. The republicans need to get off their high horse and come down to where the average person is over taxed and under paid.
    Sue Haught, Olean,NY

    January 26, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  249. Purnell K3 IL.

    Bipartisanship does not mean a thing when you do not care about the people that their actions it would effect!

    The Republicans do not care about the country they care about corporations gaining more and more control of our country, and selling us out!

    January 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  250. annie florida

    yes...there was never any and there will never be any

    January 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  251. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Jack, it's a game and one side is losing so they don't want to play because it's easier to blame others for my own failures. Unfortunately, this game is affecting billions of people around the world and they don't really care to solve the problems, they just want to have their own way. This is a lose/lose deal.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  252. Robbin Jones

    If you expected bipartisanship from the folks that gave you the Patriot Act, waterboarding, "protesters are unpatriotic," and freedom fries, you need new mental glasses. Ideologues are alive and living in the District and until they learn to think for themselves and learn from history, they'll keep doing the same old dance. And we'll just have to keep trying to educate them, show them what actually will stimulate the economy (and I don't mean tax cut) and hope that they still have the capacity to learn.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  253. Mary-Florida

    I don't believe we really have had any true bi-partisan behavior, it's all rhetoric. It's business as usual in DC....Nice dream but that is all it was.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  254. Katie, South Carolina

    I feel like all these people who are trying to do their very best to make sure that our new president fails, should be charged with treason. The Republicans will never work with the Democrats. They will just work against them. Traitors, all!!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  255. Jane - WI

    To Obama, bipartisanship is doing what he wants. His arrogant comment that "I won" and telling people they shouldn't listen to Rush Limbaugh are in no way bipartisan. It seems to be Obama's way or the highway. I don't think I heard Mr. Obama tell liberals to stop listening to Air America, public radio, MSNBC, etc. Why only single out Rush Limbaugh?
    Congress has also shown no indication of being bipartisan. When Barack Obama was in the Senate, he had no history of compromise with the Republicans. The House has put in even stricter rules for the minority now. This issue of bipartisanship on Obama and Democrat's part is a sham that the media is trying to pass off a something "historic" and noble. It doesn't exist. Obama is the same old, same old. Nothing new, just in a nicer package, who's strings are being pulled by the puppetmaster's who bought him the office.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  256. Pat Caldwell

    No! everything is relevant. The President has not had adequate time to make any significant decisions. I continue to pray for him that he will not over react and make policies just to assure everyone that voted for him that he is the "Savior" they believe him to be.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  257. Cain

    I believe it is. I am of the opinion that their wont be any bipartiasianship at all, as a good portion of the GOP still wish McCain had been elected.

    This is enhanced because both 'parties' are actually coalitions of people with the goal of getting someone elected. The democrats and republuicans are election oriented groups, so the GOP will still be wishing Obama hadnt won, and they will likely do what they can to stop anything he proposals

    January 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm |

    No, because it never started!! Republicans are putting their own interest before the American people!! They're NUTS!!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  259. Robert Chaffee

    The Democratic led Congress has no intentions of being bipartisan! They had no respect for the office of the Presidency or the President, we all remember how Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid talked about President Bush and John McCain for that matter. I tell you what Jack, we will show this President, the same respect and consideration you and the other talking heads in the news showed President Bush. When Obama's policies and so called stimulus package fails you wont be able to use the Republicans or President Bush as a scapegoat. I would like to know why Barney Frank and Chris Dodd never made it on CNN"S "Wall of Shame".

    January 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  260. TC Helberg


    January 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  261. Stavan Desai

    Bipartisanship? What's that? I think I saw it in a movie once.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  262. Purnell K3 IL.

    Robbin Jones you are right,

    Bush and the gang sold-out our country, and nearly made it into the new Nazi stronghold, But i guess GWB was only following in the footsteps of his Nazi Grandfather Prescot Bush. And his child molesting father GHWB.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  263. julie

    With the far right yes.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  264. Jacqueline

    Yes Jack, The GOP's are a bunch of sleaze bags. Have they learned nothing? The American people are sick and tired of the same old politics. If the Republicans want to become viable again, they must start listening to the people.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  265. Stephen

    I wasn't aware it had been resurrected.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  266. Matt in Stafford, VA

    Bipartisanship is not dead yet. What we are seeing is the end of Obama's honeymoon. The celebration is over and now the real uphill battle begins. No matter what there is going to be friction between liberals and conservatives, but unlike Bush, at least Obama is extending his hand and not clenching his fist.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  267. charles hartman

    It always has been and always will be.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  268. Dave

    I do not think the bipartisan spirit is dead, but we need to keep in mind that Republicans and Democrats aren't in the same political party for some very fundamental reason. Bipartisanship is not about one party submitting to another, but about healthy, effective discussions oriented toward the good of the population and the State.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  269. Brian

    Jack, you are a sinnacle man. Wait until the repubs and obama get to have their words together tomorrow and see if they come to some sort of agreement.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  270. nari

    obama did not expect and easy ride ... he's ready for the tough road.. does no one remember him saying that in ... well in almost every speech he makes ?? ... really ?? you would really say that ??

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  271. Pat Fallon

    I don't think it was "undead". And it is a shame, the people of this country are sick of this nonsense. Obama was elected because we are sick of politics as usual and want change. I guess we have to start voting out the congress and senate and start with a clean slate.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  272. David from Winnipeg

    Was it ever really ALIVE Jack?? Was it ever really alive....

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  273. Ken-Long Island

    John McCain, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell have boarded themselves into a bunker and are ready to fight to the last man. Guess what? If there's a bailout of CEO's there's a bailout for working men and women. Here's some trickle down economics for them. Get with the program or move aside. The dog barks and the caravan moves on.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  274. Geraldine, Wasilla AK

    Bi-partisan doesn't mean rollover and play dead. Partisan means lockstep agreement. I'd like to see some independent thinking where each and every member of Congress has to evaluate the needs of the country, the needs of their constituencies, and thoughtful evaluation of possibilities. I, personally, don't think there is a cure to the economy that will come out of congress; however, it must be attempted. As for Holder, the Republicans are scared witless about upcoming investigations of the Bush Administration and their myriad corruptions. The hiring necessary to prosecute the various "lapses" would certainly keep attorneys employed.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  275. Tom Ward


    If you think there ever was any bi-partisanship you really drank the Kool Aid.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  276. ed ford

    bipartisianship? It only appeard that way!!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  277. John Booth

    Ha! BiPartisanship!! That's the funniest things members of both parties have heard since, doing their jobs to help the American people!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  278. Mike

    Why can't we, the people, find out where our "bailout" tax dollars are going? Why doesn't Congress subpoena the CEO's of the corporations we gave the first $750 Billion to and ask them to account for the money. If they do not answer, charge them with contempt of Congress and usher them off to jail. I would imagine the information would be forthcoming immediately.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  279. Cain

    Addition: A thing to note is that Obama IS defitnely a Washington Policitian. Unlike Bush though, he knows how the game works, and it will be Obama who pushes things, not Cheney or advisors. It will be President Obamas voice that pushes things in the end.

    Play the DC game Obama, and actually do some good while you try and win.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  280. Robin Barber

    No bipartisanship is not dead in Washington. We're just getting started and President Obama deserves to have time to get them done before we begin to question whether it's working. We jump to conclusions. It took us decades to get to where we are now and it won't be solved in one week. Breath America!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  281. jonathan wright

    President Obama is trying to move the country forward. Kudos to him. The Republicans had better get their acts together and support his bipartisan bailout. Otherwise we are in for another long eight years. Democrats and Republicans not getting along. What a concept!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  282. JR Parks

    Bipartisanship. Is it already dead? I wasnt aware it had been alive to begin with...

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  283. Chad

    Simple question Jack, bipartisanship has been dead for a long, long time.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  284. M Tucker

    Bipartisanship was still born. Obama would do well to just implement the most effective program and forget about pampering the minus minority if he wants to get anything done.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  285. Farinaz

    Has a compromise been considered where corporations will get a tax break if they bring back the white color jobs shipped overseas? Many of these jobs were in the US less than two years ago.

    What is to gaurantee tax cuts will result in jobs in the US? It seems more likely to serve coroprations and its executives than ordinary people and possibly create more jobs outside of US.

    Praying for a win/win solution,


    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  286. Kenneth

    Well speaking of executive orders, how about one that get rids of political parties once and for all? Nothing wrong with euthanasia if it concerns a non-living entity, and this entity needs to go, as do several others that are blocking the path of real change. What's the point of running on a platform of change when you won't be able to do it because you have to have the votes of the people that have been voting for the policies of the Bush administration?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  287. Mary Jo

    Please. Bipartisanship is NEVER going to happen under this administration if Obama will not allow earmarks unless the President can unleash his powerful network developed during the campaign to force their elected officials in Congress to represent their constituents' wishes. Otherwise it is going to be horse trading as usual, as we saw on the last stimulus package that passed with earmarks on it. There are two fundamentally opposing philosophies on some basic issues, such as trickle-down. There is no middle ground on that issue. It is wrong-headed policy, but I am still hearing these Republicans espousing it despite its failure and lack of credibility in everyday life. Rohm, where are you when we need you? It is time to knock heads. Screw bipartisanship. I want action.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  288. Alan MacDonald

    Yes, Jack.

    Thank God, bipartisanship is dead with the Nazis

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  289. Eleanor in North Carolina

    The Republicans and Democrats could not get along if they were tasters in a pie factory. I rest my case!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  290. Sunny

    jack in my humble opinion something has to be alive to be dead. That spirit was never alive. It will take more than six days to bind what sixteen years plus ripped apart.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  291. Carl Dobbins

    Obama spent the past two years saying it was Bush's fault. There was never any bi-partisanship. Now over worries that Obama may be a typical tax and spend Democrat, he says he has a mandate to be an excessive tax (the future) and spend Democrat. Never bi-partisanship.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  292. Robert Samson

    It appears that most of the partisanship exists because the parties cannot agree on how to tax. I can only hope that the new administrations policies will not leave out big business, or what little is left of it. I think we should reduce the corporate income tax significantly and taxes for the lower and middle class, while keeping a sales tax in place or a flat tax that everyone can agree on.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  293. Larry Moniz


    The "Spirit" of bipartisanship is like the ghost of Christmas past - a work of fiction. And, Cogress is composed of 535 Scrooges, each with a vested interest in lining their own pockets.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  294. Tom Spencer

    Bipartisanship? It never existed. All I have heard from the Republicans is Tax Cut. I fail to see how that helps all the millions of unemployed, or reduces greenhouse gases, or promotes renewable energy, or encourages stem cell research. Where are the Republican proposals for those. Do they think trickle down still has merit?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  295. Danielle Kelly


    When was there a sense of bipartisanship? I know it was a rhetorical part of Obama's campaign, and we were hopeful, but I think this was dead before it even began.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  296. Samantha in New York

    Really, what did Obama expect? That his mandate from the people would equate to smooth sailing with the GOP? Of course he's going to meet resistance on an $825 billion dollar stimulus package, of COURSE the GOP is angry about overturns of Bush policy. The spirit of bartisanship isn't dead, Congress just hasn't realized it's bartisanship that the people voted for on November 4.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  297. Kristin from Danville, CA


    When was the last time that there was a spirit of bi-partisanship? 9/11? The new administration is trying to enact legislation that was discussed throughout the 2008 campaign. The Democrats won, the Republicans obstruct.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  298. barbara

    It was never alive, so how could it now die?.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  299. just me!

    Wouldn't it be a nice change to put aside partisonship and actually place country and representing the people who elected you first? Of course, this will not happen with all the self serving egomaniacs impressed with their own self importance in congress.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  300. Dan Leahy

    Republicans do not believe in bi-partisanship unless it means doing things their way. We've seen this since 1993. When not in power, obstructionism is the only concern that Republicans have. That's all they did for the past two years, and it's their ONLY trick now.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  301. JR Parks

    Its sad to see this happening already. Republicans started knocking it within hours of it being released. Interesting to know that so many of them can read through thousands of pages of bills that fast.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  302. James

    Whenever it comes to doing for the American people, the republicans always come out on the wrong side. If this stimulus package is to pass, then Obama will have to dangle a few billion carrots in those republicans faces, including Mr Boner.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  303. Bill

    Are you talking about the spirit of bipartisonship that existed under the Bush administration, but suddenly disappeared when Obama took over? Or is this a trick question?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  304. Rebecca Johnsen

    Was it ever alive? John McCain campaigned on the premise that he would reach across the aisle....I guess he only meant to cooperate if he was in charge. I simply don't get it. Is party above country? Obviously the Republican policies were not successful and got us to the mess we are in. So a new approach is needed especially after the news of today's layoffs. We need Jobs!!!!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  305. Ronda

    If bipartisanship is blindly accepting another multi-billion dollar "stimulus" plan without knowing if or how it will work, then I hope it is dead.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  306. AAinLA

    Its not dead but it will certainly haunt Republicans who ignore the mandate of the people come election time.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  307. Cain

    Sorry for continued comments, but I would like to point out a sorry fact of history.

    Many times in our past, problems are started a few terms ahead of when it actually takes effects. It is then the president who gets blaimed, whether it is his fault or not.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  308. Earl Stackhouse

    What bipartisanship?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  309. Bernadette Loesch

    Dear Jack, Only those living in a cave would have thought that bi-partisanship had a chance longer than the first day after Pres. Obama took his oaths. The Republican minority (oh it feels so good to say these words) will try with all of their lost might and muscle to assert themselves into the limelight to be heard. They cannot NOT get over the fact that their party is in shambles and that they no longer have a herd of mindless folks following them into mindless, faithfilled horror, mistakes and pitfalls.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  310. Jane - WI

    HOpefully we'll see as much "bipartisanship" from Republicans as we saw during 6 years when Democrats were in the minority. Democrats obstructed at every turn. I don't recall the media focusing much on "bipartisanship" back then. Suddenly, when we have a Democrat in the White House, it's a hot topic. It was OK for Democrats to obstruct, but now that "the one" is in power, every one should bow in deference to him. Hopefully, Republicans will grow a spine and stand up against the terrible ideas that Obama proposes, and support him on those that make sense. So far, his arrogant use of incessant executive orders hasn't shown me that he has any good ideas, just an ability to pay back those who bought him the White House.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  311. Valerie

    The spirit of bi-partisanship, as you define it, was never alive to begin with. To Obama and congressional democrats, bi-partisanship means passing legislation unopposed and without question by anyone. Questioning legislation is not partisanship, it is smart and the average citizens of this country deserve it.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |

    Jack, it was never alive...

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  313. Gary from Eugene, Oregon

    Yes, perhaps it really never was alive. With Republican "entertainer," Rush Limbaugh hoping for the failure of this admisistration.

    The problem with his type of entertainment is that his "base" (you know their peculiar idiosyncrasies and their incomprehensible numbers) will believe anything he tells them.

    Bipartisanship? I wish.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  314. Daniel

    Yes, and bipartisan America will be just as dead as the increasing amount of aborted fetuses funded around the world with our money. Nancy, Barack, and Harry will beg to differ.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  315. B. Hinton

    Is bipartisanship already dead? It was never alive to begin with! Republicans want it their way or no way. But we all know that already dont we?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  316. Mel Rice

    Thanks to the "uber patriotic" Republicans, yes bipartisanship in Washington is dead before they were willing to give it it a try. Pretty discouraging to us average Americans hoping for something more.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  317. islandhideaway

    No, it has been only one week. Bipartisanship needs a chance to work. People will disagree. The question is how will politicians react to disagreement – debate?, compromise? That is what we must watch. I believe they will work it out. Give Barack Obama a chance to lead so a meeting of the minds can happen

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  318. Jamal

    Nope Jack it's the Republicans who are acting like whining lil babies because they lost the election and most of the seats in the House.There attentions are simple let's not let the Bill pass so Obama could fail and we could win back the White House.Rush Limbaugh who's the real RNC Chairman is the main cause behind of all this and it will continue until 2012 when Obama is up for reelection.

    They claim "Country First" but we all know it leads to a Bridge To Nowhere


    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  319. Paul


    Is the spirit of bipartisanship already dead? No, because you can't kill something that has never lived. President Obama may be able to create a some modest sense of bipartisanship in Washington, but if so, it'll be a first.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  320. Ron


    Barack Obama won the election by vowing to get things done. Nobody seems to have any real idea of what to do but doing nothing is not an option.

    He inherited this mess from the Republicans because of their beliefs, actions and lack of action over the last 8 years.

    Republicans need to be very careful about how much resistance they have to moving things forward quickly.

    An election is an election is an election. The people spoke and want him to do things – NOW.

    Mid-terms in 2 years . . . GOP be very afraid if you mess this up!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  321. Tracy

    Jack I truly hope so. We suffered through 6 years of the Republican agenda, and then 2 years of gridlock. I think that we deserve at least a couple of months of Democratic sensibility before we get mired down the "I hate it because you like it" politics of Washington D.C.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  322. Candi

    With the never ending election cycle that was the 2008 election and will be the elections of the future it would shock me if any elected official rocked the very rickety platforms they now stand on.

    When things are bad people like the things that are familiar and the Republicans keep chanting the old familiar lines, I guess it makes them feel more secure.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |

    I think one week is far to short to decide such a topic. I think we need to allow our President the time andgive him our support as he trys to undo the last 8 years of Bush! The GOP are doing their best at remaining important in anyway possible. However, the Democrats need not do what the GOP did when they took power in the mid 90's, become arrogant and greedy.

    Thank you

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  324. Shannon from Jasper, GA

    Yes unfortunately it is. We voted to have someone take the initiative and to lead the country and do what the Republicans cant. In my view we didnt vote out enough Republicans, however we will get er dun come 2010.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  325. Adam

    If Bipartisanship existed the way everyone seems to want it to, would there be any purpose of having both a Democtatic AND Republican Government?? We may as well adopt a Hu Jintao Government!

    Adam- Detroit

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  326. David Newquist

    Well, it never was a possibility. Peevishness is an essential part of the Republican platform, and they complain, carp, and malign until their last breath. The country be damned. Obama made one huge mistake. He won.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  327. Justin

    Justin-From New Jersey.

    Are you kidding? Bi-partisianship has been a brain-dead coma on life support since the right wing hijacked patriotism in September of 2001. If anything, the American public is in the process of performing CPR to inject some kind of logic into the bone heads making policy. Obama's election was more akin to a defibrilator shock than some high-minded form of bi-partisian utopia. I say watch the Obama administration work and see how long it takes intelligence to re-emerge from the abyss it has been banished too for the last 8-12 years. It can't happen in a day. In the end, who-ever stands in the way from either side, is going to have problems in 2 years....

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  328. Greg

    I can't believe you just said that! You know that you media types guide the way. So of course, most people are going to say yes... simply because you said it. Maybe you should be proud at how powerful you are. Actually, go ahead and run the government CNN, you could probably do as well as we've seen, or see.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  329. Michael Nichols

    All you have to do is ask Boehner and McConnell. They are the ultimate obstructionist. Seems to me that their only plan has always been to be obstuctionist. Get rid of them, and we might possibly be able to get a gov't able to do something.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  330. Eli P. Karatassos

    If it is, it's on the GOP. If they keep slapping the olive branch out of his hand, he may decide to just give them the back of his hand.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  331. Lawrence Taguma

    Even during the election, the Republican message was not of inclusiveness. Why would we be surprised that the Republicans are now an obstacle to bipartisanship? They have proved themselves to be naysayers but demonstrate no desire to get on board and do the heavy lifting. The party remains out of touch with the spirit of cooperation that the people want to see going forward to deal with one of the worse crises we have become witness to in history. Good luck to all of us.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  332. Michael Pingrey

    Jack: any hope of bipartisanshp died the moment President Obama took his oath of office. Rush Limbaugh made it clear, Boehner made it clearer, and John McCain gave it the Whig, excuse me, the Republican party stamp of approval. There's no obstreperousness like a dying theocracy.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  333. Tess Christie

    What did the Republicans expect? Bush & Cheney took us down all the wrong roads. The 2 of them put us back YEARS with their environmental policies and ignoring all scientific information. Obama took office to help our country... and that would obviously mean to UNDO some of the damage from the Bush Administration – and try to improve our situation as soon as possible. They should have been prosecuted for what they have done.. Too bad if they don't like the new policies. Tess

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  334. john hickey, dallas

    I think it's too early to tell what will happen to partisan rancor. I think there are Republicans like my own Senator Cornyn who are just being obstructionist and are holding the line based on party. I also think that there are Democrats who apparently have learned nothing from the destruction of the Republicans who doggedly pursued their course over the last 8 years without concern to the American Will and were consequently repudiated by the American electorate.

    However, the argument over the 825 billion dollar stimulus package is neccessary becaus the bill is confusing and scares many Americans. This debate I do not see as partisan, but rather the careful consideration that needs to go into such a momental decision.

    My hope is that the spirit of bipartisanship will take hold. We'll see.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  335. Jenn - PA

    I don't think it ever existed. Republicans have been asleep at the wheel and still won't wake up even after the country gave them the boot. They seem to think that some tax cuts will fix the economy. They fail to realize just how deep this problem is. We need to get back to building things in this country and lead the world with green products.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  336. Todd Bostic

    I don't see how undoing President Bush's policies help bipartisanship. All that does is get the Republicans mad at the Democrats. If he continues with this type of term, he won't have a second term.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  337. Linn in Vista

    He never said it was going to be easy and biapartisanship was never alive to begin with. Also, I wish you guys would have expressed just a 1/4 of the interest in Bush's policies as you are with Obama's.Then maybe wouldn't be in this fix. Let's follow the Republican's idea and give more tax cuts to rich that worked really well. What a joke!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  338. Jon-Claude

    I do not feel that there has been sufficient enough time to jump to such conclusions. Change is is a difficult thing for people to embrace(especially those whose whole political affiliation is based on being conservation and resisting change) . I feel that the seeds of bipartisanship have been planted through this economic crisis and a president is willing to listen to the other side.

    With people losing jobs left and right, there is no other choice but to work with the other side in order to figure this out. Bipartisanship is not dead, its just going through growing pains.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  339. Viola Spencer

    If Republicans had held Bush's feet to the ground these past few years, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. I didn't see them demanding that someone oversea the Big Banks and Big Companies getting money, I didn't seem them demanding to know what these Big Companies and Banks were going to do with every cent of the money. Whether they opposed the first bailout or not, I didn't see them sticking to their guns and demand to see a detailed list of everywhere the money was going. As long as wealthy people are getting the money to spend, Republicans dont care but as soon as a bill is proposed to help middle class but especially the poor, they adamantly complained about too much money being spent. Every last one them need to be voted out of office the next go round. They have no problem with cutting taxes for big busineses either though over half those business end of NOT paying tax at all.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  340. Jill

    The Republicans are trying to kill bipartisanship, but the same tsunammi of sentiment (i.e., "We're not going to take it anymore.") that swept Obama into office needs to be unleashed upon them. They allowed the economic mess to develop; they exhibited NO effort to implement solutions between November and January; and now that there is at least some plan to try to turn the tide, they want to think it over and pick it apart. They should all be fired.

    Jill, Tennessee

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  341. Jared

    I dont think bipartisanship was ever really alive. The first week was about Obama trying to help Republican's save face but now we see that they're just back to business as usual and can't take any blame for the position our country is in politically, globally, or financially.

    Republicans had their turn and I think it's time they sat back and let Obama and the Dem's run with the country for a while, I doubt things could get worse. In fact it doesnt really matter what their positions are because Obama will not be intimidated and can steam roll them if need be.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  342. Marv Everett

    What "Spirit"? The senators in Congress still don't get it! The President was elected by the people 2-to-1 to get a set of things done. Those who stand in the way for partisan purposes need to be reminded of Obama's mandate from the American people. The President might pick a few states where the senator has already vocalized opposition, hop on Air Force One and take his case directly to the people. Arizona comes to mind.

    Ocala, FL

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  343. rosemarie Cobb

    Dear Jack,

    I say it is not dead. What is going on now with the questioning and input is exactly what we need. President Obama will be able to find ways to take their ideas and make it a part of the package. Democrats and well as Republicans are smart people and need to mesh ideas that will work. Let everyone be part of the solutions.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  344. Patti, Marietta, GA

    All I have seen is the Republicans doing their best to oppose anything the Obama administration comes up with. Why would we ever expect the Repubs in Congress to agree with anything, after all, they are the "Me, mine, not ours party." Obviously, they have short memories!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  345. steve bickel

    Let the Republicans reject Obama's rescue plan–it will only lower the American public's opinion of the "business first" party.
    No Democrats were running Wall Street, Bank of America, Citigroup or the White House for the last eight years.
    Steve Ohio

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  346. Michael O'Connor

    There never was any as far Republicans were concerned, as
    Rush says they want Obama to fail!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  347. Matt, San Antonio TX

    No. As long as there are only two teams competing for the majority, each member of congress will act like the programmed robots that they are and spit their respective team's rhetoric while slamming the other's. They remind me of little kids who won't stop fighting until they both get slapped in the face via terrorist attack.. Now that I think about it, wasn't that the last time Congress was bipartisan?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  348. Mike out West

    It was all an illusion Jack. Bipartisanship never really existed.

    It is a nice thought though.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  349. Kafel Hylton

    Are you kidding me? Bipartisanship has been dead for a long time, Jack. Everyone in Washington is just putting on a good show for America.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  350. Ira Okun

    Asking Republicans to be bi -partisan is like asking the scorpion to fill his poison sac with honey. Republicans were never bi- partisan and it was always my way or highway. Republicans are responsible for the currrent mess and will be held accountable for continuing mess.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  351. P.Balija

    My answer to yur question is Yes,Yes, and Yes...The problem is not the President but the congress....if we really want change ...WE NEED TERM LIMITS.... and after that move...maybe regular (not rich) americans would take the their jobs and be feel fortunate with the salaries they are paid... P.S. well we are at it...I'm waiting for congress both(Rep and Dems) to roll back any salary increases in our hard economic times....

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  352. Marguerite in Seattle

    All I can think to say is while America burns the Republicans fiddle -and they wonder why they lost the election. If they keep it up, they will go the way of the dodo birds.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  353. Scott

    The spirit of leadership is alive in the white house. With a change in party leadership, it is crucial that Obama remain stead fast in his commitment to end special interest lobbying and party politics. Now that democrats have taken back the white house it is crucial to take a stand and carry forward the essential changes that need to be made. To encourage bi partisanship the democratic party must demonstrate its ability to make tough and crucial choices. Only then will republicans back down, and both parties can work together.

    Kalamazoo, MI

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  354. Dale NJ

    Bi-Partisanship has on life saving mechanism, now all i can see is a fight for who is going to pull the plug. So i guess this answers your question Jack............ We are just waiting to die.............. Help

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  355. Cathy Williams

    Just to remind you regarding the $750 billion dollar bailout–you seem to forget that Pelosi, Frank and Dodd shuved it down our throats claiming the country would collapse if they didnt get it !!! Go back to the week that they were standing in the capitol trying to push it through–look back at those videos!!! Disgraceful !! Tell CNN to play those again!!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  356. Jason

    C'mon Jack.... this is the game of politics! Bipartisanship was never really part of the deal. It was yet another illusion created to settle the growing fears of the American public, and a rather thin one at that.

    Long Island, NY

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  357. Derrell Porter

    Bipartisanship requires both parties to play ball. Unfortunately, the Republicans have not learned anything from the last 8 years and the election. Tax cuts are not the solution to every problem and government does have a role to play. They are simply playing politics with this country's future, as they have for the past 8 years. The Republicans are brain dead.

    Derrell P.
    Chicago, IL

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  358. Michael in Atlanta

    The House and Senate wouldn't know Bipartisanship if it bit them in the butt! They are all a bunch of self-serving hypocrites and need to be tossed out in the next election. I voted for Obama and Pelosi, Read, and Frank should be the first to go!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  359. Scott


    Only if we let it. And if we do,...we're screwed. It's apparent that the Republican's still believe in the 'yes we can't.' Time to move on.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  360. Partha D.

    No bipartisanship is not dead, the Republicans, conservatives or whatever they wish to call themselves, are dead! Their much touted Regan revolution was carried on by and in the end shouldered by the liberals and democrats. Now, I think everyone has gotten out of their trance. Reagan is dead, Reagan revolution is dead, Republicans ( or conservatives) are dead, Rush Limbaugh and his likes will be on the unemployment line, where they will meet many thousands unemployed patriotic Americans who are just about ready to take them out for good.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  361. d williams

    the Republicans intend to block any postive social legislation. bipartisanship was a lie . the usual facist propaganda. D

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  362. Elaine

    Bipartianship was never there to begin with. Those yahoos don't give a damn about the America people. That's okay because we will remember them at election time and vote their collective a..."s out of office. If the American people haven't had enough of this crap , they should have, and there are those who have has enough and will do something about it at the next round of elections. The last election should have opened their eyes. And, if the American people don't take notice and demand should true leadership, then they have nothing to complain about.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  363. Tracy

    Jack I truly hope so. We suffered through 6 years of the Republican agenda, and then 2 years of gridlock. I think that we deserve at least a couple of months of Democratic sensibility before we get mired down with the “I hate it because you like it” politics of Washington D.C.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  364. Susan from Tampa Florida

    I plan on watching who decides to block the president from helping our country regain its strength and power in the world today. And if they are not willing to support such methods then I think we should all get together and vote them out of office. We do not need such people in our political process.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  365. Adam- Sheridan, AR

    Did I miss something? When was it alive?
    It's going to take a little more than some lightning and a mad scientist to bring this political corpse together.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  366. Rita Pollock

    As long as the Republicans stick to their usual obstructionist tactics, bipartanship will be dead. Their Mantra of tax cuts above all only helps those with the most money. It does not address the infrastructure deficit in America caused by tax cuts.

    When times were good when tax dollars could have addressed this problem and give health care to all, the Republicans kept giving to their friends.

    Canada is running into the same Mantra from our Conservative Prime Minister. Incredulous, since there has been a huge support for President Obama here.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  367. nancy in manteo, nc

    republicans are like rush limbaugh. they only want obama to fail. they think they will win seats in 2010 and 2012. maybe even the presidency. to them bipartisanship means being in control.
    they have absolutely no interest in helping the people in this country, only trying to regain control of congress and the white house.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  368. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    It's not dead yet, Jack, but it takes a while for those old dogs in Washington to learn new tricks! Right now the egos of the Republicans are still fragile from the trouncing they got in the election.
    They're trying to prove they still have clout. And the Democrats are still gloating, thinking they can call all the shots. President Obama is trying to bring them together, but the "my way or the highway" attitude of the Bush administration will take a while to wear off!!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  369. Richard

    The Republicans played partisanship politics for eight Bush years ... they got the policies they wanted & they appointed the judges they wanted. The country was forced to continue an unpopular war & the economy was going down the drain. Now that Republicans are the minority, they want to complain of partisanship politics. Why does this surprise anyone?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  370. Alice Boston

    I hope so. The Republicans have never been interested. It's all about
    them. They think they are still running the country. Well, hello. Welcome to the new administration. President Obama doesn't need them and the country doesn't need them–they've already done enough
    damage. Thank God the President has the backbone to tell them to their face.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  371. Andrew in CA

    Something that never existed can not die.

    "Bipartisanship" is nothing more than the punchline of the biggest political joke in this countries history. I'm sure every one up there in D.C. has a huge laugh when people like Pres. Obama show up actually hoping he can deliver it.

    And that joke is on the American people.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  372. John Flowers

    Bipartisanship as never been alive, when the Republicans had the majority , they ran roughshod over the Democrats, now that they are a minority, they cry "bipartisanship" where was it when they were in charge.? I might also add that even the most obtuse republican should that as bad as the economy is and as many jobs have been ost that tax cuts will not solve the problem.


    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  373. vicky r.

    Bipartisanship is dead at the Republicans' peril. After the condition their president left this country in they are delaying things at their own peril. If their obstructionism makes things worse, on their heads be it. They will not be advancing their agenda nor, more importantly their country's. They were willing to run up a huge deficit under Bush, but now they are worried about the debts they are leaving for their grandchildren. How hypocritical is that?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  374. Fred Erk

    It appears that the congress has not felt the "ground shift below their feet" and continues to operate in the same fashion as past congresses with their ideological agendas and failure to act for the common good. Hopefully PO will appeal to their better natures and build the bipartisan support he so desparately needs to turn this economy around....if not there is always the next election cycle to help him out!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  375. David Hill

    How can something die that never existed in the first place?

    David Hill
    Henderson, Texas

    January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  376. Corey S.

    Jack it was over Nov.4 this is what i tried two warn Americans about. The GOP is doing everything in the power to block MY PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. Doesn't names like Boehner and Cantor, and Mitch Mconell sound familar. Jack im 23 yrs old and know my generation may be messed up thanks some much W. And i really regret the idiot is from my home state of Texas. They screwed up the 700$ billion dollar TARP we had i just love you Paulson what happened to buying the bad assets. Well i just figured out where it went on Thain's new bathroom good job Bush admistration. Forget being Bi-partison Obama needs to ignore the GOP just like they done us THE LITTLE PEOPLE for eight years.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  377. Glen - Bayonne, NJ

    Wasn't "Thou shalt not practice bipartisanship" one of those famous Reagan Commandments that Lee Atwater brought down from the mountain decades ago?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  378. Robert

    As an independent, I wonder why the democrats and the republicans fight so much. They are suppose to be here for the people, but it seems they only help themselves and there friends. I bet Bush, Chaney and their friends aren't hit by this recession. All you have to do is look at the mansion that Bush moved into. His government salary didn't pay for it. Bipartisan will not work until the people start voting out the old folks in Washington.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  379. Wendy

    There never was true bipartisanship. The democrats won a majority in both the House and Senate and the executive branch, and we will reap what we sow. Any republican who votes for this 825 billion spending package is crazy and can count on losing their seats as well. The fact that this package is called a "stimulus" is a joke. We the people may have voted for "change", but I wonder how many of us will be voting for a congressional shift in 2010? Is spending our way out of debt(ever try that in your home budget) the change you voted for? Bipartisanship would have been listening (not humoring)both sides of the aisle, and implementing ideas from BOTH sides.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  380. Barry Hamill

    How can something that has been dead for 8 years suddenly be resurrected. The Democratic Party gave Pres. Bush total Hell in his attempts to straighten out the mess that Pres. Clinton left behind. Pres. Clintons requiring Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to give home loans to those who had no hope at all of ever paying them back was the catalyst that tore apart the economy. Pres Bush tried to stop that practice, but the Democratic Congress would not have it. Everyone wants to blame this economic mess on the Bush Administration. The economy was doing fine until the Democratic Party took over the Congress in 2006. THEY are the ones that ruin(ed) any attempt at bipartisanship.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  381. Amy

    It's not dead, Jack, it's just in a coma. While I try to be open-minded, quite frankly, you can thank the Republicans for that. Or the ones still chanting Nobama in their sleep, anyway. Obama means well in trying to be bipartisan but if thy won't relax some of their wonky, disproven "trickle-down" philosophies, he should just run roughshod over them. Not just because he can, but because America's overdue for some Democratic spine and can't afford to keep playing these games.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  382. Lance - SC

    I never expected to see Republicans to work with Obama, even in their handicap state, sans a fundamental change in all the old politics they hold so near and dear. Unfortunately I was right.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  383. John DiMattio

    Was it ever alive?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  384. Tim from Hot Springs, AR

    Bipartisanship? Is that like a civil war or a quiet riot? Bipartisanship is not going to work and its never been either party's true intent. Now if you are wondering if the Republicans have gone on the offensive, then the answer is "no". They are knitpicking at little things to try and slow President Obama down, but at this point it's not worth getting in too deep. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. He's already calling out the congressional minority leaders as weak and thinks he's the last true threat to Obama and the Democrats.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  385. Quincy, Chesapeake VA

    I think the Republican Party is up to the same old dirty tricks they enjoyed with lame duck Bush. Their goal is to make the rich richer and the rest of us poorer. Obama will continue to struggle with getting the damage caused by the lame duck administration/republicans corrected. This is typical when a Black man is placed in charge, his ideas and goals will be met with resistance from those who hate the fact that he is in that seat.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  386. Abdullahi Edward, Kano, Nigeria

    The "spirit of bi-partisanship" hasn't existed in Washington since Dwight Eisenhower identified the malaise that killed. The military industrial complex and the runaway influence of the AIPAC have together made Republicans out of Democrats and visa-versa. As a result, we no longer have a two party system in Washington. What we have is one party which represents the "elected" officials in Washington and the "Fat Cats" on Wall Street and another party that represents everybody else. Otherwise, how do you explain the fact that two years ago when the Democrats won the majority in the Congress they did so on a strong anti-war platform, yet the war is continuing through to today because the two culprits mentioned earlier profit from it immensley

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  387. emmanuel

    off course the spirit of bipartisanship is dead,bush killed it and will never come back to normal.What people tend to forget is that these same republicans passed the first bail out under bush but are not ready to give obama the go,simple as that.


    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  388. Morris

    With constant personal attacks on Republicans and nasty partisan comments from the likes of Speaker of the House Pelosi and Vice President Biden, how could there ever be any hope of working things out in a partisan way?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  389. Edna S King

    Bipartisanship was never alive in DC. Spirit of bipartisanship is a long shot. It is still to many old players on the Hill for Change because the GOP want to be the heavy weight. I say forget about bipartisanship and just take a partisan leap of faith and move on. To much is involved for a tug of war for power. President Obama will have to move on without his bipartisanship agreements.
    Upper Marlboro, MD

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  390. Henry-Michael-Jersey City

    Bipartisanship is a myth. This... is reality.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  391. Ron in NC

    I have asked this before and I will again. Where oh where were these same republicans when George Bush gave billions to banks and no one to this day knows what that money was used for or where it went.......was this GBs last gift to his friends in the banks?

    I believe that the bailout was necessary to keep the banks from failing completely but why was that different and NOS we MUST know how the money will be spent before those same Republicans will approve. OK, give a few billion to Halliburton and the Republicans will grin and go away until we can remove more of them from office.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  392. Carol, Coulterville, CA

    The Republicans have never been willing to work with the Democrats to make this country better. They are sore losers and plan to obstruct everything we need to do to repair the damage they have done for the last eight years. They should be ashamed of themselves. I strongly urge all those who live in states with Republican senators to contact them and tell them they need to cooperate or else they will be dumped when their term is up.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  393. Karen

    Nope. Bipartisanship died years ago & is waiting to be reborn. It will be a lot of work for our President, but he's up for it. Love you Jack!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  394. Vickie

    If the Republicans didn't want things to work with the Bush administration why in the world would they want things to work now? They never cease to amaze me. While the world is going to hell – they would rather continue to let it! Go figure!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  395. Molson naqvi

    Jack u are smart reporter so u know bipartisan will not work for a long time. If President Obama's plan to Jump start the economy is to invest billions in Art and pel grants added with Speakers idea to give out condoms... I think the celebrations are over and its time for the truth to come out... American is covered with black clouds and chances of her coming out in next 4 years is in the bright sun are next to none. All i can say is make sure the condoms say "made in USA"

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  396. tom alston

    Bi- Partisanship is alive and well -look at the Republicans advocating more tax cuts and trickle down doo-doo like they've done the last 8 years and prior and it hasn't worked....let's give this new President a chance and go forward...you can always vote him out in 4 years

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  397. Jerry O

    I think it's nothing but sour grapes on both sides of the aisle. Democrats who are now in the majority are still fighting amongst themselves and Republicans in their heart of hearts want Obama to fail just so they can say 'I told you so'. In the mean time it's we the People who are getting the shaft.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  398. Paul Rogers, Walker, Michigan

    Yes. Bipartisanship is dead in Washington. Everything that makes sense, and is good, is invisible to those criminals in the House and Senate.

    Obama is trying to fix things and do his job and all you hear on the news is crap from the Republicans that don't want to work with the Democrats to make things better.

    Capitalism is dead and doesn't work anymore, Socialism is not bad and it is the change that we need, then maybe this country of ours could be great again.

    We need jobs in this country and we need to stop outsourcing. If companies keep outsourcing and getting rid of jobs then they should be punished and have the tax increased by 500% to get their products into this country.

    This government is stupid and the media is all about bad news. I am 30 now, maybe I can live 10 more years unless the government keeps up with their crap, I don't see things getting better though, it is depressing.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  399. Brian

    Bipartisanship has been dead since the Kennedy era. Plus, after the last six years and the democrat's "copperation," the old saying of "payback is a b*!$%" is the only mantra alive today.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  400. Gene Reilly

    No Jack. Bipartasanship is not dead one week into the Obama presidency. I love ya Jack, but just asking the question is an absurdity. In this age of immediate gratification, the pundits and the talking heads should just sit down, shut up and let Obama and his team get on with the business of governing, and quit trying to second guess every nuance, so that you have something to report in every 20 minute news cycle. Chill out please. If the Republicans decide they want to be obstructionists, let them, but don't provide them cover by reporting that bipartasanship may be dead already. This only serves to legitimize their behavior.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  401. Dave

    The political acrimony in Washington that stands in the way of collaboration makes average Americans sick, Jack. The attempts by President Obama to steer the economy out of rough waters are being scuttled by small-minded losers from the Republican side. They do not want the new president to succeed, clearly stated last week, so the prospect of maturity and consensus is being bashed by Neanderthal goons from the right-wing. The same people who murdered our economy with unregulated abandon now won't participate in the recovery. How pathetic, how moronic!
    Dave in Indiana

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  402. Lloyd, Elizabeth, NJ

    "Bipartisanship" is but a myth. A politician will always have his own aspirations and motivations in play. That is politics in general and politics in particular in Washington. Sooner rather than later President Obama is going to stop wasting time talking to stiff-necked, right wing Ideologues and go on to do what is necessary to turn this country around.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  403. Sharon, Chicago, IL

    If the Republican Party thinks obstructing a financial rescue package is going to help them win votes in the next general election, the should understand that many of us are seeing them as sore losers and obstructionists already...Personally, I hope they keep it up and speed the demise of this brand of the Party–it really sucks.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  404. jim voutsas

    It is so simple. Breadown every cent to be spent on the stimulus pkg.
    Post it on the Internet for all of us American Employers of the our
    Congress to and either Vote or Comment. "Period".

    Northwood, Ohio

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  405. Mike H

    Republicans don't seem to realize that "bipartisanship" doesn't mean they will get EVERYTHING they want. It mean that both sides will work together to find plausible solutions to our problem. There are somethings that both sides will disagree upon, but republicans have yet to show any signs of being willing to compromise.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  406. Josh


    Bipartisanship is not dead. Both sides in Washington want the economy to rebound, both sides feel that their ideas are the best. But the fact is that no one person or party is going to solve this problem. These men and women we have elected to save us need to work harder at finding middle ground instead of trying to advance their party's status.

    By the way Jack, love the file and I hope that 2009 will be just as good as 2008

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  407. Nick from California

    In a word: Yes. But to elaborate further, everything in Washington has very quickly become one huge circus show with every politician, pundit and politico putting on their best performance in an attempt to seem like they, and they alone, have America's best interests at heart. The Republicans are particularly to blame for this as it is clear they are acting with their eye on the 2010 elections and the hope to repeat the rhetorical mind games clever misdirection that got them into the majority under Clinton. If all their shenanigans don't destroy the country, it might actually be fun to watch.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  408. Jo Wisconsin

    Do you suppose that it has been a real necessity for Pres Obama to undo one after the other of Pres. Bush's policies or is he still stuck in a campaign mode and bashing Bush helps to boost his "I'll do it my way" ego?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  409. Vincent - New Jersey

    Whether the Republicans like it or not, they will have to compromise and try helping people for once. I know that's not high on their to-do list, but people are in trouble here.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  410. Carol - Tennessee

    Bipartisanship is a figment of our collective imagination. It has never existed and it never will. There is no way these two parties will ever work together. Have we forgotten that the Republican party owned the government for 6 very long years? Nothing got done when they were in charge and nothing will get done when they are not in charge. Why? The Republicans want to take our money and keep it. At least the Democratic party wants to take our money and spend it trying to undo all the wrongs that the Bush administraion (and the Republican congress) gave us. However, the Republican party has nothing to gain by helping the country out of this mess. If they can keep the country in the state it's in now, they can point fingers at the Dems in 2 years when we have the next election in the hopes that the country will be fooled and kick some of the Dems out of power in Congress. Then, they have 2012 to look forward to!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  411. cphilips

    Republican political leaders connive and do battle for every scrap of political power they have. Some do so because they are narrow, retrograde ideologues; the majority do it because power and pride of place is all they want. Obama will have to deal with Republicans as they are, not as he would like them to be. If he isn't willing to do pitch battle with them every inch of the way, he might as well give up now.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  412. Purnell K3 IL.

    There has has been any Bipartisanship and there never will! The Republicans only use that word as code, that we are not going to do anything to help the American people; we are just hope everything falls apart even more then were we left it, so that we can get back in office and completely shut down the U.S.!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  413. MM

    What bipartisan spirit, Jack? There never was any! The people who were celebrating are those who wanted Obama in office. If Obama gained Independent and some Republican support during the election, then that means alot of "hard-righters" came out of the woodwork to give McCain an impressive 57 million votes. Those people and the NeoCons in Congress were just waitng for their leashes to be undone by the Grand-Poobah of hate-radio, Rush Limbaugh. Now that he said what they were all thinking ("I hope he fails"), the haters are now allowed to go public with their resistance. They will start smirking and belittling while trying to blame this mess on anyone but themselves! Reid and Pelosi better pull out their rubber stamps like they cowardly did for Bush!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  414. Michael Lambert

    President Obama's executive orders are setting the tone that the nation clearly wants. As for the huge stimulus package ... it will undergo what we as a nation expect from our elected congressional officials : hot debate which will hopefully lead to a reasonably speedy negotiated settlement that is good for the country. We need the media to report the facts. We don't need the media throwing gasoline on the hot debate and making claims that bipartisanship is dead!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  415. Robert Samson, NY

    It isn't dead, but the only way it can work is if the parties can agree on what will actually create jobs and get business moving again like it was in the 90s. The economic ideologies theories backing both parties remain, unfortunately, fundamentally different.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  416. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    Has true bipartisanship ever been truly alive? I can't seem to remember any examples of it!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  417. geno

    President Obama has clearly said that when he makes proposals he is open to suggestions on a better way to do things. This the republicans are not heard doing. President Obama wants a dialogue toward solutions; not the old and tired rancorous school yards fights going no where of the past.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  418. Everett W Springer

    Absolutely Jack,
    And as far as I'm concerned it should be.. Did the Republicans or George Bush ever do anything the Democrats asked for under George Bush, NO I don't believe so. All they want now is more tax cuts for their rich friends and corporations who in turn ship our jobs away and set their corporate headquarters out of this country so they don't have to pay taxes.. Like Haliburton... Democrats do not need any Republicans in the Congress and only need a couple of Republican Senators in the Senate and if they start their obstructionest ways, the next election we will vote the rest of them out.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  419. Nick from California

    In a word: Yes. But to elaborate further, everything in Washington has very quickly become one huge circus show with every politician, pundit and politico putting on their best performance in an attempt to seem like they, and they alone, have America's best interests at heart. The Republicans are particularly to blame for this as it is clear they are acting with their eye on the 2010 elections and the hope to repeat the rhetorical mind games and clever misdirection that got them into the majority under Clinton. If all their shenanigans don't destroy the country, it might actually be fun to watch.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  420. Carl frm Miami, FL

    Bipartisan relations are not dead as long as both sides realize that if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. I wish politicians would bring a solution to table instead of just opposing the other side.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  421. Freddie Poughkeepsie Ny

    I dont no about bipartan, how ever americans has lost there confidance in our government. These guys need to put aside there difference and come up with a plan that will benefit the people that pay there salary. Hopefully Mr. Obama will bridge the gap between the two parties and americans can finally see a light at the end of the a very dark tunnell

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  422. Lore

    Right on Rebecca! McCain and all his republican cronies have not changed. They all need thrown out!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  423. Anita Brown

    Bi-partisanship is a bit of an oxymoron. Like a UFO sighting, it's VERY rare. The Congress reminds me of our legal system – Republicans and Democrats, like prosecutors and defense attorneys, are part of the same club. Yes, their goals and ideologies are drastically different; however, there must be some sort of cooperation and even bartering (quid pro quo) in order to ensure that the whole system doesn't implode! Long story short, I would say that If bi-partisanship ever existed (other than behind closed doors), it is on life support or brain-dead at this point...

    That said, I do love this political banter – Anita, lawyer by training, but a teacher by trade 🙂

    January 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  424. JKC in Boston

    The Republicans are still licking their wounds so naturally they will accuse Obama of being partisan. By getting rid of the Bush policies, Obama is doing he was voted in to do. If the voters didn't want these policies overturned, than McCain would have won. Get over it Republicans. You lost. Big time. Now grow up and start working with the new president instead of whining.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  425. Terry Phillips

    Bipartisanship is not dead so long as the public continues to support Obama's plan. The politicians in Congress, both Republican and Democrat, listen closely to what voters believe. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for the average American to understand how the stimulus plan is actually going to improve our lives. The task for all of us now is to not get distracted by the usual political wrangling from both sides of the aisle. I don't want to hear what won't work without a detailed explanation of what will work. Don't just criticize. Offer something better.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  426. Mariaelena Raymond

    Bipartianship rarely exists within Beltway. Barrack is going to have to talk hard/fast to get what he wants. Eventually the GOP will go along.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  427. Suzy Mcneil

    The President should take his stimulus package and help homeowners, like he promised, he should take the money and give it to homeowners with the copayee the mortgage companies or bank that have their mortgages. The homeowners can only pay their mortgages this way and the mortgage companies will get their money so they can lend out again.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  428. Greg

    Any chance for bipartisanship disappeared the day that Pelosi and Reid took their respective posts. With two examples of extraordinary incompetence in charge of the House and Senate, we are in for a long hard ride.
    Greg in WY

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  429. Jim

    To allow our new "messiah" to go foward with his niave solutions without some sort of debate is insanity. If we cut the pay of these elitists in Washington to $8.00 an hour like their constituents are making in this service economy they have created, perhaps we would see some solutions that really work. Growing a new backbone is a painful process. I applaud the republicans for trying and advise the new President that if he really wants bipartisanship, compromise is essential. He was elected President not Dictator

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  430. Phyllis

    I like to think that bipartisanship is still alive. But, for President Obama it's a uphill battle. I think some of the Republicans like Sen. MC Cain it's get even time. Lots the other Republic will side with him. I think the Republicans and Democrats sure do what's right for the country. All that sure be thinking about is saving our country.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  431. korveh

    Jack, the impression created by the media that everything Obama does which is contrary to the Bush-counterproductive policies is partisan is misleading. what should Obama do? fellow the ill- advised policies that make people beg for bread in the richest and powerful nation on earth? Oh please!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  432. Purnell K3 IL.

    There has never been any Bipartisanship and there never will be! The Republicans only use that word as code, that we are not going to do anything to help the American people; we are just hope everything falls apart even more then were we left it, so that we can get back in office and completely shut down the U.S.!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  433. Lou M / Palm City, FL

    Bi-partisanship never existed for the
    Republicans. Their only aim is to regain the power they lost to the Democrats. When the GOP was in power, they totally ignored the Democrats–meeting behind closed doors and passing whatever legislation they wanted. Now they not only want to be included in the negotiations, but want to dictate the policy. That's a load of BS!
    These guys don't care about the country–it's party first and country last.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  434. Michael Blache

    Dead? When was it ever alive?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  435. William, Chicago

    As long as extreme right wingers, with their constant spin and distortions, dominate the Republican Party, any hope for true bipartisanship and genuine dialog is sadly naive. A perfect example is the incorrect percentage of stimulus dollars that the Republicans have been circulating, as reported so excellently in the recent CNN segment..

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  436. David Godinger

    Ridiculous! Bipartisanship doesn't mean asking Barak to become a Republican. He's made a great effort to include the Republicans and listen to them, however hairbrained and insincere the advice. Winning a majority has consequences. That's democracy!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  437. ron

    jack, I know how to solve the world financial crises! Let's all just call it even – nobody owes anybody anything anymore. The government does not owe the Chinese, the banks don't owe the government, the people don't owe the banks. The best part is people get to keep their homes and I don't owe the IRS $200,000.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  438. Danielle Orr

    Most Republicans do not want a bipartisan Congress or Senate. It is obvious by the negative reactions they are having already by President Obama new proposals. It would have been nice but reality is setting in. Whinning will be the new republican motto for the next few months. With the new President in office one week and already they forgot who helped the nation get into this mess. Now they are going to blame Obama for whatever happen. I do not know how many smart one's we have on the opposite side and as far as I am concern the old adage "Better be thought of a fool than opening up your mouth and removing all doubts" still goes. Obama made it very clear throughout his campaign this is America and we are one. If the Republicans do not want to be united during these very hard times, than they only have themselves to blame and so will their constituants.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  439. John KnoxvilleTN

    Cong-man Boehner wants to make the Goofy Old Party even smaller by blocking what Obama was elected to do. Where was he while Bush tax cuts were doubling the national debt?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  440. Martin

    Unfortunately, I never thought it had a chance. After experiencig the actions of the last administrations and then listening to the remarks of the Republican leaders in Congress, I cannot believe there is any chance for our representatives to work together. Perhaps that might turn out for a better result.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  441. Rick - Brooksville FL

    Bipartisanship isn't dead but neither is partisanship. No one thought this was going to be easy

    The Republican orthodoxy is still singing "tax cut & deregulate" at a time when most high schoolers know that that's what got us into this mess in the first place.

    Bipartisanship will be a process

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  442. Carl Dandridge

    I think it was just a smoke and mirrors game on the part of the republicans. They just wanted to seem human during the celebrations of the inauguration vs the adversaries of democracy and the american people, that they are. I think the few republicans that are left along with a small group of democrat's are still drunk on the punch of the last administration. It's time to sober up and do what is right because it is right.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  443. Andy Magruder, AZ

    Na Jack, it isn't dead. The quid pro quo standard is still there. Just like Duke cheers for North Carolina; the Hatfield's and McCoy's eat Sunday dinner together and Israel and Iran take care of each other's kids. Here's a quick thought, I think we should slash some government jobs, you know the ones that show zero productivity. I think we all know where those cuts should start.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  444. George

    The question is not whether bipartisanship is "already" dead. I believe i can speak for many of my fellow 20-something year-olds when I say that bipartisanship has had a weak if not undetectable pulse since we were old enough to vote. I am young, but I am paying attention. Obama shouldn't worry so much about appearing too partisan right now. I don't think very many people would accuse him of no matter what McCain and his posse have to say about it. We are aching for him to truly lead. You've asked us to hunker down and be strong through this storm. I trust you Obama, now BRING IT ON!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  445. Valerie

    How dare anybody voice oppostition to spending $1,000,000,000,000. We are already ten trillion in the hole, what's one more? Right?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  446. Jim


    It takes 2 to tango and you can't have bipartisanship if one side doesn't want it.

    Please enlighten me as to the last time the Repugnicans offered anything in the true spirit of bipartisanship.

    Last time I looked they just tried to obsfucate things and with the most recent elections one would think they might be slightly more conciliatory.

    When that happens, Change will truly have come to Washington, but until then, it repugnican politics as usual and bipartisanship will have to wait.

    Jim, Prague, CZ

    January 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  447. Mike McKibben, lady lake, Fl

    Bipartisanship, what's that? You can't say something is gone that was never there in the first place. The Republicans, AKA, "The Obstructionists (5)", have had it their way for the past 10 years, and we see the results of that. For the next two years they (the Republicans) need to remain in the cloak room where they kept the Democrats for all these years. If the Democrats blow it, then they will have only themselves to blame. The Democrats do need to fine tune the Stimulus Bill a little, but if the bleed off of jobs is not stopped, and stopped soon, I'm afraid the hole the Republicans dug for this country might become very hard to dig out of.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  448. Lloyd, Elizabeth, NJ

    “Bipartisanship” is but a myth. A politician will always have his own aspirations and motivations in play. That is politics in general and politics in particular in Washington. Sooner rather than later President Obama is going to stop wasting time talking to right wing Ideologues and go on to do what is necessary to turn this country around.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  449. RAY

    It will never happen.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  450. Ronnie, Waltham, MA

    BiPartisanship isn't dead as a matter of fact its very much alive. Bipartisanship doesnt mean that OBAMA's policies or Bills shouldn't be challeged. All parties present their ideas and come to a compromise that works for the people. I hope they can keep track of where this money will be spent and the results.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  451. Ann,Virginia

    Jack,Bipartisanship was dead on arrival,thanks to the self serving,bullheaded Republicans,who are more interested in arguing about everything.This shows that the Republicans are more interested in their own agenda than in saving our country.Does anybody really think that the Republicans know more about economics than real economists advising the President.Look how well they handled the economy the last 6yrs.If they keep this t.hey will lose even more seats in congress etc! Yeah,lets hope they do.Frankley,I'm sick & tired of their moaning & griping over every little thing.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  452. Dub Atkinson

    Cafferty: It is dead!! I don't find it at all to be a surprise that the Republicans and Democrats can't get together! My feelings are that "business as usual", will be the dogma and may be the downfall of this country. It is time to work together and there are no signs the congress has the intelligence to do such a task! Remember the 1929/30 depression took about six to eight years for Roosevelt to turn! This will take longer and it could be over for this country!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  453. Dianne

    The Republican goal has long catered to the hope of the likes of Grover Norquist who wants taxes only for the support of national defense, nothing else. Their tax cuts haven't worked to stimulate the economy, obviously, or we wouldn't be in this mess. What is needed are good jobs for the 21st century, not a $300 tax rebate that only helps those who are in a financial position to be paying taxes. If bipartisanship is dead it's because Republicans are afraid Obama's plan might work. He has certainly done all he can to bring them into the fold, short of capitulating and giving them everything they want. Their past habits of supporting huge deficits for President Bush obviously haven't worked. If they can't admit that and give Obama's plan at least their tacit approval for now, then I guess bipartisanship is ailing.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  454. Joe

    Bipartisanship? Every new Pres. talks that way. The Senate/Congress has shut the Rep's out of even being able to offer an amendment, the current pres. insults the outgoing one during his inag. address – to hoots of na-na-na-nah, hey hey, hey good bye.......nothing's changed except you guys have the reigns now, no one else to blame for the outcome.

    Ah, Conyers subpoena's Rove...we're really making progress on those tough issues...

    January 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  455. Able

    Go for it Jack, keep stirring it up. Good job. Pooo.~!

    So called 'Partisan politics' is on it's last breath. In two years, we will stomp it out. The two party system has been turned upside down, inside out and exposed for what it really is. Nothing except an excuse for special interests to write their legislation. We Obamacrats, are and will put an end to that smokescreen.

    Watch America will reach heights, our forefathers once only dreamed of and be Clean and Green. Give us ten years, not eight and you will see a Dow headed fast toward 20,000.

    The last eight years was their (forefathers) worse nightmare. It was not a republican thing. Come on, give it up. "There are no red states and no blue states, only the United States." Get on board or take a covered wagon....low carbon transporation at least. See you in 10 years Jack! Let's converse then.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  456. Walt Comley

    Wait a second. To be viewed as bipartisans, are the republicans required to sit on their hands and simply let congress and the president move along unchallenged? Not at all. Bipartisanship calls for open minds and pragmatic ideas; but should not exclude constructive critisism. I am hopeful that my party respects the new direction our citizens have mandated. At the same time though, with notions such as economic bolstering birth control pills being proposed, I certainly hope republicans (and democrats) are quick to offer different, more effective ideas.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  457. Myrock

    I'm back... I had to take a break from the Media Obama Hammering. You know where all of Mr. President Obama’s ideas, moves and words are thrown against the media wall in hopes it'll stick for the Gotcha Factor. Listen, it’s been a week one week; It took Mr. Former President Bush 8yrs to bring this county to it's highest peak just so, the greedy fat Cats could jump off while letting the little man fall to their deaths. I think if we check some of those Republican Fat Cats we'll find a lot of where the problem stands.
    Is Bipartisanship already dead Hell can't you smell the carcass of all the dead dreams of the middle class? Yes Jack, Dead and Stank!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  458. Lance - SC

    In a perfect world ... maybe. Then again I did see John McCain on CNN today.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  459. Linda

    It was never there. The republicans have their own agenda and they are so sad they believe it is going to work. Thank god we have a competent president now. My wish for the republicans, that they lose even more seats come 2010.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  460. George from Memphis

    he question is not whether bipartisanship is “already” dead. I believe i can speak for many of my fellow 20-something year-olds when I say that bipartisanship has had a weak if not undetectable pulse since we were old enough to vote. I am young, but I am paying attention. Obama shouldn’t worry so much about appearing too partisan right now. I don’t think very many people would accuse him of that no matter what McCain and his posse have to say about it. We are aching for true leadership. Obama, you’ve asked us to hunker down and be strong through this storm. I trust you, now BRING IT ON!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  461. Jahsee in Cortland NY

    Republicans seem to have a problem with all the new policies, cry me a river. President Obama has been reaching out to them. They are just fighting to hold onto their base support.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  462. ubong

    Politicians certainly do not subscribe to unpopularity.hurting the Ego of politicians with phrases as "washington's dirty politics " was not going to come at any little price. atleast, if the President will be given his way, he will at least not be made to look like superman.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  463. Michael in Louisiana

    Bipartisanship was dead on arrival. Politicians remind me of children who refuse to get along and will do anything to make thier sibling look bad in the eys of Mommie and Daddy. If you ask me, Mommy and Daddy should have thrown this baby out with the bath water back in November.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  464. Denise

    I will give President Obama respect for trying to reach out to them...but I am sure he knew deep down inside the republicans could never work in an bipartisan manner. Any plan that would help those on the bottom by creating more opportunities will be criticised...but like President Obama says he won...and it would be to their best advantage to come on board.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  465. Larry - Clarkston, Michigan

    Jack, How can Bipartisanship be dead when it was never born to begin with. Don't the Republicans understand that any tax cut I receive will just go to pay down debt, just as the stimulus checks did. I will not spend a dime more than necessary until I begin to see the job market stabilize. They can keep their precious tax cuts for now. Just get the economy moving again and start creating jobs!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  466. Jahsee in Cortland NY

    Republicans seem to have a problem with all the new policies, cry me a river. President Obama has been reaching out to them. They are just fighting to hold onto ther base support.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  467. alan

    I have never been so concern for our country as I am this day.
    Does anyone know what they are doing? we are suppose to be a two party system, where is the other one.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  468. ben

    i think that was expected of the republicans jack.we should hope that they get to accept the new kind of politics that obama is bringing to washington,haven't they heard of power of collectivity!!! then we could start talking about bipartisanship which never existed anyway!!


    January 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  469. BAM

    No, I don't think bipartisanchip is dead yet, but I do think the president and his economic advisers need to spend more time reviewing that stimulus package – why do we need funds for contraceptives? The only sad thing is that Pelosi and Reed's parents didn't use them.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  470. Walt-Ohio

    Come on Jack Bipartisanship never had a heart beat and anyone who pays the slightest amount of attention to politics knows that.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  471. Kasey Kennett

    Bipartisanship was never alive, but that is good for the country! The founding fathers, except for Washington, desired bipartisanship and debate in our country’s government. Spending $825 billion without debate is irrational and irresponsible. The debate initiated by bipartisanship will help make the money spent or any government action more effective.

    Midland, MI

    January 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  472. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    The media has done Barack Obama a large dfis-service. The president is now startng to learn that he cannot walk on water. he will also find out that not everyone, not even every democrat is an Obamaniac. This is the real world, and since her was fond of saying, "there is only one president", I will paraphrase this and say,
    "There is one, and only one GOD" A little bit of humility often goes a long way.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  473. Monique Lynnes

    Bipartisanship is certainly being challenged, but I don't believe it's because the new administration is taking a liberal "spending" stance as McCain suggests. The proposed bill is based on economic principles, and constructive tax cuts ( a conservative approach) play a large role.

    If all members of the House and Senate were required to take at least one economics course, perhaps a better understanding of tax cut impact would better serve bipartisanship and the general quality of decision-making on The Hill.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  474. Denzell

    I don't know if it's dead or not Jack but I sure hope it is, I’m a Democrat from NC and I was ecstatic when we finally took control of the government. Now it seams like the Dems on the hill and the President are bending over backwards to ease the republicans into this transition, I wish they would just RAM this stimulus thru congress republicans or no and give the American people the type of change we voted for in November.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  475. Mark

    After the spanking the Republicans got in the 2008 elections, they realize that if Obama has any success, the GOP will be irrelevant for 10 to 20 years. They will be be irrelevant whether they support the stimulus package or not, so their parochialism compels them to fight Obama. They hope his administration flounders, and they can reclaim power beginning in the 2010 elections.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  476. Wendy

    If you ever had any doubts about whether there was ever any "real bipartisanship" in congress, read your blogs. There is no "true bipartisanship" among the American people. We all have VERY distinct and strongly held opinions. Unfortunately, when this happens, very little REAL listening to others vantage points ever goes on.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  477. aeropolowoman

    The Republicans have come up gasping for air after their near-drowning. And like anyone who has been deprived of oxygen, the Republicans are suffering slight brain damage. Somebody needs to wallop their collective heads to get the water out of their ears, clear their brains, and lead them to the promise land where bi-partisanship is the language of progress that began January 20,2009.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  478. juma, triploi

    Well Jack, you know it is always easier said than done ; President Obama has to learn that you can't always shove it down their throats as if you are salm ducking it on the court. As a player,he has to learn the new rules as play maker or forward. what counts is the final result.people want t winner!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  479. Mia

    Of course......the Republicans are like spoiled brats and if they can't have it their way they will take their toys and go home.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  480. Elease (Las Vegas)

    Jack, bipartisanship has never and will never have a chance in Washington DC unless we remove all of the Senators that have served more than 2 terms. Even the great ones need to go so we can all get on the same page.
    The Republicans who are holding the government hostage to their demands do not and have never had hard working Americans in mind. The Senator from Ohio who constantly says he is looking out for the taxpayer doesn't understand the tax payer is out of work and more are loosing their jobs everyday. Oh I forgot, the taxpayer he represents are the ones who don't pay taxes anyway. Oh yea, he'll identify the small business owner, who is closing his business everyday but, since he is not paying attention to the voting public, he doesn't have a clue.
    Please tell him Jack, we the people have spoken and we are tired of the same old politics. Trickle down economics never worked for the middle class. Trickle down economics, oh yea I forgot, piss on you and me, I guess it did work and will continue to work with old stuck in the mud Republicans holding on to their seats.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  481. Roxanne

    Jack, republicans don't want to be bipartisan, they are still looking for campaign issues and playing politics. They have no vision for America. The republicans keep pushing the same old ideas of cutting taxes and giving subsidies to the wealthy and big corporations and somehow their success will trickle down to everyone else. It has already been proven by our current economy, tickle down economics just don't work. They have been been receiving tax cuts for years. Are the American people better off? Hell no!

    It appears the republicans don't believe they lost the election and somehow believe they still have political capital. President Obama should move on after all, it's not like he didn't try. America is facing too many problems to allow these republican obstructionists to stall progress. The people have spoken, we elected President Obama.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  482. Purnell K3 IL.

    Bipartisanship means committees that waste time and money when action is needed, President Obama has done more in seven days through executive orders to help our country then Bush and the gang did in seven years, of his Nazi AKA NeoCons ideologues!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  483. Nelson Osborn

    Bipartisanship is entering a new phase. One in which the voter can analyze a vote for or against an "action" that is articulated by the President, vetted by the press, and voted on by the Congress from its beginning to end. The vote of the individual, their party, and the Senate or House is being debated, tracked, and archived online in realtime. This new accountability will introduce a "proactive" bias to bipartisanship; i.e., moving towards a solution versus away from action.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  484. Bob Pomeroy

    Deader than a doornail, and hasn't been alive since the'contract with America'. Obama made bi-partisanship a basic part of his agenda, so the r's will do their best to defeat it. It is opposition for its own sake. All this talk about the d's being in control for the last half of W's 2nd term is VERY misleading. They never had the votes in the senate to overcome the super majority, a tool meant to protect minority positions in extreme cases, which the r's have abused in the sole interests of preventing bipartisanship. Until this point is hammered home, they will continue to blame d's for not taking action. Please start pointing this out regularly when that issue is raised. To not point it out, every time, it perpetuates a big lie you can prevent.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  485. Estelle Lowell

    We need Congress to put in overtime! Has anyone told them we have an unprecedented economic crisis? If they don't get to work, we are going to blame the Republicans, of course, in the next elections two years from now. With the job losses and more to come, with the loss of home value and retirement account value, do you doubt WE WILL REMEMBER that you did NOT CARE and resumed business as usual?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  486. Mary Shafer

    To ask if the spirit of bipartisanship is already dead in Washington only a week after Obama took office is to assume it was ever really alive. With the single exceptions of Obama, because it's what he wants and needs, and Bush, who only behaved accordingly because he no longer had much to lose and simply didn't care anymore, I don't think there has been a spirit of bipartisanship among any of those on Capitol Hill.

    The petty bickerings, finger pointing, name calling and utter lack of productive engagement has gone on unabated since the election. I'm neither surprised nor shocked, simply disgusted. It really IS time for personal accountability for us ALL, including - and at this point, LED by - those who sought and received positions of LEADERSHIP. Congresspeople, Senators, everyone: enough with the partisan crap. Grow up, act like adults, and do your damn jobs! The time of laissez-faire and floating along with the tide is over! Get to work.

    If my mom were still alive, she'd lock you all in your rooms until you could get along and not let you out until you got something worthwhile done. Since she's not here, how about some leadership from Ms. Pelosi?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  487. Ron Powell

    NON-partisanship, Jack, the term should be non-partisanship. If we can continue to refer to any of the congressional interaction as Bi-partisan, then we will continue to see face-offs and stand-offs along party lines….To say nothing of the intra party infighiting , jockeying and manuevering that will continue to go on. As long as they believe that there is some political advantage to be gained by appearing to be more than a ‘rubber stamp’, these folks will coninue to behave as if the sun rises and falls on their ability to hold things up while they bicker and debate us all into the poor house……..

    January 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  488. Paul

    How can bipartisanship be dead "already" when it never existed? Bipartisanship is overrated. The people that have been elected to these positions in government have a duty and responsibility to the American people, not to their EGO's. I hope that these politicians are doing their jobs by ensuring that the decisions being made are in the best interest of the citizens of this country. What is so great about our process is that we can agree to disagree, but what must not be done is for "leaders" to sit on their hands when things don't go their way. Hopefully, they are able to provide solutions, not just sharp-shoot others' ideas.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  489. Bryan

    United we stand, divided we fall. And boy are we, as a nation, divided now more than ever. And it's not getting any better. Everything from nominations, legislation, and a wide swath of social and financial issues. Exactly how does a nation whose political leaders are too caught up in "one-upping" each other ever operate in the best interest's of it's own people?? It can't. Which is one of the primary reasons we're in such a mess right now.

    And then to hear people make comments like: "I don’t think I heard Mr. Obama tell liberals to stop listening to Air America, public radio, MSNBC, etc"......"Why only single out Rush Limbaugh?"

    Hello?? Maybe because no one on Air America, public radio, MSNBC, etc are spewing such hate filled rhetoric about hoping our leaders FAIL!! That's why.

    Geeez! How can people be so lacking in common sense? Saying you want out Government to fail is the same as wishing ALL AMERICANS to fail. Period.

    Oh, but then u say, "Dem's/Liberals deserve it for bashing Bush" Uh....yeah, maybe, but there's one HUGE difference....Bush deserved most of what was thrown at him. Because he FAILED US in almost every conceivable way imaginable.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  490. Charles Tuzzio

    Jack, For the Republicans to vote for Gonzo and not for Eric Holder is a stall to give Gonzo's political hacks time to destryoy evidence. Are we to believe that the media is still so unsavvy at this late date. Or are they still an accomplice. After all you guy's sold us Bush while you threw rocks at Al Gore. Will you continue not to expose the short selling of our markets or the corruption at the Justice Dept. while misdirecting us with will the Republican's be bipartisan or not.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  491. Kooky in CA

    The closest Obama will get to bipartisanship is taking the votes needed to pass his programs, including sane Republicans, and tell the retarded Republican roadblocks to sit dwon and shut up. That's the only way it will work.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm |

    No, but it is obvious, no dispect intended that some Republicans are determined to try and block President Obama's progress for purely selfish reasons and to the detriment of the country and to their own party as well. I think that it is indeed a shame we never learn to stop playing these dirty politcs, come on people let's get on with it.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  493. Richard

    No, Jack, bi-partisanship isn't dead. It's the Republican Party itself that is dead. Look at how they scavage around like a hungry mogrel to find an issue to be opposed about. Tax reduction for the wealthy...from the same people that brought us favoritism and deregulation for "Wall Street" and the ignominious "Housing Crisis" ~ now everyday words, like fav tv shows! They are the party of the rich and the delusional, the glutonous and controlling, motivated by a blind and insatiable greed which has brought this country to its knees. Fortunately, they have now become exposed for all to see. Their mantra, not feed the hungry (in the traditional sense) but more fat for the wealthy (the fat and the fatuous). No, bi partisanship is not dead. But you need someone to connect with as a partisan, someone who is willing and able to listen...and not just running scarred and scared, like the present day GOP. Like the Senator from Maine today, hiding behind John McCan't. So long GOP!!! It's not been nice knowing ya'!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  494. Cora, of Hampton VA.

    Republicans need to realize that the massive job losses in our country affects all of us; We are in this together wheather they like it or not. As President Obama said, " We are not a Red State or Blue State, we are the United States". I know beyond a shatter doubt, that all parties have lost jobs. If this isn't United, I don't know what is.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  495. Roxanne

    Jack, Rush Limbaugh, their republican leader, has already said he wants President Obama to fail because he feels President Obama success will hurt the republican party. The republican party is showing us, if they can't be in power, they want the country to fail. Now this is truly un American.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  496. Clyde Stribling

    Jack, I don't think we'll ever get over the party, these clowns are supporting and do whats good for America. Keep up your good work and we'll stay tuned.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  497. Denise

    I do not understand why the republicans cannot see that this country needs to create jobs...are they comprehending the economical reports. Tax cuts will not create the type of stimulus that this economy needs. They minsets are still in the Bush days. They need to wake up we are in a new day with a new educated leader...not a joker or a actor but a leader who cares about the people of this country.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  498. Tim

    The losers - that would be the Republicans this go-round - need to realize that they LOST this election. People voted AGAINST tax breaks for the wealthy. The Republicans spent us into a ten trillion dollar debt and a trillion dollar deficit and now they're complaining about SPENDING! They are being given an opportunity to redeem themselves. All they have to do is go through the package and set some objective criteria for each proposal and make specific recommendations about what should not be included.
    Tim in Texas

    January 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  499. Lance - Greenville, SC

    Being from South Carolina I see Mark Sanford, Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint and I also see three men that live in a different world than President Obama and the rest of America. I wish we could have bipartisanship but I am not as optimistic as Obama. Bipartisanship is beyond dead, it has decayed.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  500. William in Budapest

    The President has clearly been reaching across the aisle in a spirit of bipartisanship, however he doesn't seem to be getting much reciprocation from the Republicans. Perhaps it would be helpful to rephrase Mr. Obama's recent rebuttal to them: You lost. Badly. It's time for the Republicans to stop being obstructionist, and to put forward serious, constructive ideas instead. By clinging to their ideological views, they've apparently learned little from the recent election.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  501. Purnell K3 IL.

    If i were Obama i would do it all by myself through executives orders, Republicans only care about making themselves richer so they want tax cuts. And Democrats want to pay back the Republicans for all the harm they have done to the country as a whole!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  502. Joan: Burlington, VT

    No. But it is on life support and Mr. Obama is finding out what that everything isn't going to go his way. The stimulus package is loaded with wasteful spending - both democrats and republicans need to be true to the American people and not yes people to Mr. Obama.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  503. Ronald Corry

    It was very unlikely there ever was going to be any bipartisanship. The confusion results from the first step of a classic Karl Rove permanent political campaign. That is to try to claim the moral high ground by making high minded sounding statements even though there is no intention to follow through on them. It has worked pretty well for them in the past.

    thx mch,

    January 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  504. Steve, Telluride Co

    Jack. To think that voting in a new President is going to solve disagreement between democrats and republicans is just naive. President Obama has an uphill battle. If he is to get the majority of the house and senate on one page, he is going to have to give and take, including reneging on some of his democratic campaign promises.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  505. Paul Greco Bristol Vermont

    When has there been bipartisanship in Washington. Those guys up there are playing a guessing games with our tax money. I think they should give all the bailout money to the tax payers and let us spend on what we need and let it trickle down to big bussiness and banks.Who can afford to buy a new car or truck in this economy, the tax break they want to give us is a joke compaired to the money they are giving to the auto makers and banks.Give us the money and we`ll give it to the automakers when we buy that new car or truck.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  506. unemployed in illinois

    already the repubs have started their evil ways, also to all you spineless dems, if you think we the people the working class are going to sit by and quietly lose everything while you bicker and jockey for clout,when we so overwhemingly voted for change,then watch your backs,when we resort to lawlessness,and start robbing your gated neighborhoods,and start the middle class equivalent of drive bys where your kids live and go to school. see how it feels to tell your child or wife that you can't work because someone who is supposed to have your interest at heart has sold your ability to work to the highest bidder for their own political gain.dems, and repubs beware we the people are not going to take another month of this,you are setting america up for a rebellion that will destroy this country.i love this country[my country] but we will no longer let you lifelong politicians hold our lives in your hands anymore. give the new guy a chance, or suffer dire consequences. thank you hope you listen

    January 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  507. Tom

    Bipartisanship: Is it already dead?

    What is this a joke!

    Dems control the house, senate and now have Obama so just shut up and do your stupid plans and ruin the country.

    Bipartisanship what a joke!
    Or do you reall mean just go along with Obama?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  508. Purnell K3 IL.

    Rush Limbaugh we need to check your status to make sure you are really an American!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  509. NANCY M.- Colorado

    Bipartisanship doesn't stand a chance with Republicans like John Boehner and others who would rather cut off an arm than agree with Obama on anything, even the time of day. They still see their role in this country as being "aginers". Unfortunately, that role is doing the country and them no good anymore. We have to stand together and trust a different philosophy about our roles in bringing the country back to health. On that subject, remember when the health and wealth of our country depended upon agriculture rather than the stock market and Wall Street? We need to rethink some very basic things, that being one of them.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  510. Robert Timsah

    Wake up Jack, we don't need more bipartisanship. Maybe you want more defecit spending, but bipartisanship always equals more spending! The democrats want more money for social programs and Republicans want more for the military/war. They comprise and agree to spend more ON BOTH. You people in the media are useless.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  511. Kelly Savin

    Bipartisanship may have died in Washington, but at least we’re getting things done now! Obama has been President for only a week and he’s already working hard to address important issues that are long overdue – energy independence, ending torture in Guantanamo, bringing our troops home from Iraq – to name only a few! Next step, fixing the broken health care system and the economy. Finally a President who works hard for the American people!

    Kelly Savin – Irvine, California

    January 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  512. torrance little eatonton,ga

    Jack, we all try to understand that the media feel as they have a obligation to report the news to the best of your ability, and for the most part we applaude you greatly,but if history and time has proven that too much of anything proves to be not the best avenue to take. If the issue of bipartisanship is debated and/or scrutinized as often as it appears to be headed, the chance of success will naturally go down. We as humans more psychosomatic than care to admit.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  513. Purnell K3 IL.

    The Republicans just don't get it we the people can remove them right now, if they get in the way of what the people want, we run this country not them, we do not have to wait till the next election, we can get rid of them right now!!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  514. Karl from Scottsdale

    Yes, the Marxists have won.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  515. ABE

    Why should bipartisanship matter when the democrats are in control. The real question is why is there a split among democrats. The democrats should just pass what ever bill they want to.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  516. Dawn Busalacchi

    Who says it was ever resurrected after Bush? I don't know about you, but I need a little time to feel like any of my interests will be put forth by my representatives. After all, they 've been bulldozed for the past eight years.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  517. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    do you know why we heard Oh! My God from the republican side? Because they do not beleive in investing in people for them to get the education they need to get a descent job and then pay taxes to the government! Yes, we need tax incentives for small and medium businesses especially for innovating in the green economy! But we need to get people who can't even read back on track also!

    I say oh! My God to the fact that they have succeeded in dividing people for so many years without a broader vision for the country that has to include all its citizens and their equal opportunity to be a contributing citizen!

    Take care Jack!
    Diane Dagenais Turbide

    January 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  518. nancy

    these guys of the republican party are a bunch of hypercrites. they are the ones who got us into this with bush 43. now, they want to derail what maybe the way out of this mess. HOW DARE THEY SAY THEY WANT TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH. they already have one. the back bone of this country, the middle class are the ones that need it. please let president obama do what he was elected to do. get this great country back on track. and have the republicans go hide in the corner until after we get this country moving in the right direction.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  519. Dennis in Millbrae, CA

    Bipartisanship will only come to pass when we have new "leadership" (and I use the term loosely) in the Congress. President Obama is trying to mediate between two groups of unruly children.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  520. Vonnie1602

    You know Jack,

    I am getting overly annoyed by the idot republicans who seem to me don't want to get the economy back on track. President Obama was not the one who got us into this mess in the first place. Instead, they rather sit back through a tantrum and complain about the new stimulus that will help undo what Bush has done. One would think the more patriotic thing to do is support President Obama who is showing and proving he wants achieve a better future for all Americans and Republicans too.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  521. Dean

    Obama was hoping that everyone would roll over and just pass his pork filled bailout without asking questions. Now is when his Leadership ability is going to shine most. I hope Americans were right that being a Community organizer is enough leadership experience to be President.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  522. dfnj2006

    bipartisanship: something Republicans cry for when they are in the minority as a way for them to get their agenda passed into law. Usually, after the fact, if the policy destroys the country, the Democrats get 100% of the blame (like with NAFTA or the banking bailout). If the policy is good for the country, the Democrats get zero percent of the credit. That's bipartisanship!

    January 26, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  523. Rebecca


    January 26, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  524. Bobby

    Bipartisanship means more then just liberals caving to disproven conservative ideology. If repubs are to have a seat at the big table in the next four years, they'd be wise to remember it.

    If they don't shape up soon, I'm all for the President and the Congress politely getting on with the business of the nation without them. Might do the RNC some good to wander the woods for awhile.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  525. Mary Jane

    Colin Powell was right when he said America needs new, young blood on politics. This goes for the Republican party...once the "old guys" give up and get out, this negativism and subjective opposition may just evaporate.

    January 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm |