What exactly does Obama mean when he says he wants Washington to be more bipartisan? Well, it means that conservatives need to keep their damn mouths shut, give up all their principles, and happily go along with everything the Democrats do. Then, and only then, will you be lauded as “bipartisan”. Luckily, Barack Obama is giving us a handy two-step formula to get us on our way to being truly bipartisan.
Step one: stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.
President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.
“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.
“There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats,” the official said. “We shouldn’t let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done.”
Step two: make sure we never forget that we lost.
In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the proposal, the president shot back: “I won,” according to aides briefed on the meeting.
“I will trump you on that.”
See? Don’t you wish you could be mature like Barack Obama? Don’t you wish you could have such deep and undying respect for the opinions of others even if you disagree, like Barack Obama does? And hey, it’s good for us right, because everyone knows that when conservatives start listening to Rush, we become mindless zombies who are incapable of doing anything besides standing there listlessly with blank stares on our faces, mindlessly moaning “GOD. GUNS. RUSH. GOD. GUNS. RUSH. GOD. GUNS. RUSH.” Actually getting work done is completely out of the question.
And hey, it’s all good. The Obamamessiah will save us from this nightmare, because we don’t know what’s good for us, after all. So here he comes with the Fairness Doctrine to save us from those mind control monsters like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
It’s funny, too, because when Bush was in office, the cry we heard over and over again was that dissent was the highest form of patriotism.
Not when Barack Obama’s the President.
Unfortunately for President Obama, he’s intellectually out of his league. Rush hit him back with a zinger (emphasis mine).
There are two things going on here. One prong of the Great Unifier’s plan is to isolate elected Republicans from their voters and supporters by making the argument about me and not about his plan. He is hoping that these Republicans will also publicly denounce me and thus marginalize me. And who knows? Are ideological and philosophical ties enough to keep the GOP loyal to their voters? Meanwhile, the effort to foist all blame for this mess on the private sector continues unabated when most of the blame for this current debacle can be laid at the feet of the Congress and a couple of former presidents. And there is a strategic reason for this.
… To make the argument about me instead of his plan makes sense from his perspective. Obama’s plan would buy votes for the Democrat Party, in the same way FDR’s New Deal established majority power for 50 years of Democrat rule, and it would also simultaneously seriously damage any hope of future tax cuts. It would allow a majority of American voters to guarantee no taxes for themselves going forward. It would burden the private sector and put the public sector in permanent and firm control of the economy. Put simply, I believe his stimulus is aimed at re-establishing “eternal” power for the Democrat Party rather than stimulating the economy because anyone with a brain knows this is NOT how you stimulate the economy. If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of this TRILLION dollar debacle.
Obama was angry that Merrill Lynch used $1.2 million of TARP money to remodel an executive suite. Excuse me, but didn’t Merrill have to hire a decorator and contractor? Didn’t they have to buy the new furnishings? What’s the difference in that and Merrill loaning that money to a decorator, contractor and goods supplier to remodel Warren Buffet’s office? Either way, stimulus in the private sector occurs. Are we really at the point where the bad PR of Merrill getting a redecorated office in the process is reason to smear them? How much money will the Obamas spend redecorating the White House residence? Whose money will be spent? I have no problem with the Obamas redoing the place. It is tradition. 600 private jets flown by rich Democrats flew into the Inauguration. That’s fine but the auto execs using theirs is a crime? In both instances, the people on those jets arrived in Washington wanting something from Washington, not just good will.
The ball’s in Obama’s court now, but surely he’ll rise above this petty bipartisan politicizing of an economic crisis. Obama will save us, and all he asks in return is our unquestioning loyalty and devotion.
Unfortunately for Obama, us conservatives will probably just go on listening to Rush and thinking for ourselves.
Hat Tip: Ace of Spades