Thursday, September 03, 2009

Is Pres. Obama ready to pull the plug on bipartisonship?

The media and pundits are making it sound as though Pres. Obama is ready to call it quits on his "dream" of bipartisanship. While it is certainly true that his record to date on enlisting bipartisan support has been pathetic, that is more a measure of the depth of the problems in Washington, D.C. than a measure of the president's resolve. Bipartisanship is a core value of this president. He could no more give it up than he could give up his own skin. Bipartisanship is something that Pres. Obama really, REALLY believes in. Just because you believe in something does not mean that you can achieve it overnight or in six months, but when it comes to core, unshakable beliefs, short-term failure is not a good predictor of long-term results.

Sure, quite a few of the left-wing "progressives" would like for the president to give up on bipartisanship and compromise and "all of that", but the simple truth is that... it simply is not going to happen!

It will not be because of what the president or any of us want, but because of who he is.

Bipartisanship is in his blood. Bipartisanship flows through his veins.

Sure, Pres. Obama has to deal with the "reality" of his party and the people he has to work with in Washington, D.C., but reality has a funny way of evolving over time so that the reality of tomorrow can be radically different from the reality of today or yesterday.

It may take a lot of time to see genuinely bipartisan results, but that is par for the course when it comes to difficult goals.

So, reports of the death of bipartisanship are premature. Pres. Obama is not about to pull the plug on bipartisanship, not today, not tomorrow, not any day.

As they say: Stay tuned.

-- Jack Krupansky


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