Obama Invites GOP to Bolshevik Super Bowl Party
February 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Making good on his renewed promise to reach out to obstructionist Republicans, President Obama has invited a number of Republican lawmakers to the White House Super Bowl gathering on Sunday. And Obama is also hosting a bipartisan brainstorming session at the White House on Tuesday. These efforts are in response to Obama’s successful televised appearance before the Republicans’ Baltimore retreat, where Obama expertly debunked false GOP talking points and exposed Republican obstructionism. And he chided Republicans for their vitriolic rhetoric comparing healthcare reform to a “Bolshevik plot.” In the coming weeks and months, Obama plans to pressure Republicans to step up and govern, or face the consequences with the American people, when much-needed legislation continues to become filibustered by Republicans, for the sole purpose of weakening the presidency before the mid-term elections.
With Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, the Democrats lost their 60 vote filibuster-proof majority in the senate. Once Brown is sworn in on Feb. 11, the Republican caucus will have the power to filibuster and block every piece of legislation proposed by the Democratic majority, turning the concept of Democracy on its head.
According to a piece in The New York Times, Obama plans to show the American public he is willing to work with Republicans, while at the same time, drawing more attention their obstructionism:
“The White House’s goal is to show voters that Mr. Obama is willing to engage Republicans rather than govern in a partisan manner while forcing Republicans to make substantive compromises or be portrayed as obstructionist given their renewed power to block almost all legislation in the Senate.”
The Republicans are approaching Obama’s outstretched hand with caution. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) acknowledged that the GOP is wary of allowing Obama a win, by voting to pass legislation that formed part of his ambitious campaign agenda. “When we do policy and get good results, there is always the possibility that Democrats might gain a little politically,” he said. “But I think our main job here is to help the country.”
We shall see.
See The New York Times for more.