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Filed under: Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 7:25 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Let’s play a game called Bipartisanship. These are the rules:

  • Read one paragraph.
  • Identify which politician is acting in a bipartisan manner.
  • Here we go:

    “Acting at Barack Obama’s behest, President George W. Bush on Monday asked Congress for the final $350 billion in the financial bailout fund, effectively ceding economic reins to the president-elect in an extraordinary display of transition teamwork. Obama also sharply criticized Bush’s handling of the money and promised radical changes.”

    Bonus question: Which of these politicians campaigned to restore bipartisanship in Washington? (Hint: It’s a trick question.)

    Thanks for playing.

    — DRJ

    19 Responses to “Bipartisanship”

    1. Obama….because Democratics believe that bipartisanship is when everyone agrees that what they do is bipartisanship.

      What do I win???

      reff (ea7aa1)

    2. Bush is acting in the bipartisan manner, I voted for the guy twice and thank God he never gave into MSM rhetoric, but did what he thinks is right, that is why I voted for him.
      Now that is not to say I agreed with all his policies.

      Bonus question:
      That sounded like a rhetorical question to me, not a “trick” question.

      ML (14488c)

    3. Bush is acting in a bipartisan manner and they both campaigned to restore bipartisanship.

      backwoods conservative (28e0cc)

    4. All politicians are equally bipartisan, but some are more equally bipartisan than others.

      Jim C. (9e7cc9)

    5. It’s a weasel word like “divisive”. Democrats can always claim their programs have bipartisan support as long as there are fake Republicans in Congress.

      When Zell Miller sided with Republicans it wasn’t called “bipartisan”. When Curt Schilling said “vote for Bush” on GMA, he was admonished by Charlie Gibson for being “divisive”.

      j curtis (ec232b)

    6. Can you give us an easier question, I’m stumped?

      daleyrocks (5d22c0)

    7. I thought they both campaigned to restore bipartisanship.

      aunursa (e9b1f7)

    8. When the Republicans took control of the House, they specified rules so that the minority party could offer alternative bills and amendments.

      Upon taking control of the House, Democrats immediately voted to reverse the rights of the minority party.

      Adriane (6cae82)

    9. Did anyone see the President’s press conference today?

      It was a class act. I don’t know how history will portray him, but I won’t forget him. He ran on a campaign to restore bipartisanship. He couldn’t do it after 9-11 because the fellow travelers wouldn’t allow it.

      I hope that the President-elect is more successful. I’ll give him a chance. That’s more than most gave President Bush.

      Ag80 (69524e)

    10. Comment by Adriane — 1/12/2009 @ 9:37 pm

      Close, but no cigar.
      They waited two years after taking control to screw the minority.
      I did hear of 2006, didn’t you?

      AD (17695a)

    11. AD – Pelosi didn’t have enough control of the House Democrats to get Bailout One passed. Now, she has the numbers plus “the mandate”.

      So, Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can pick up a rock. Likewise, Bipartisanship is the art of saying ‘nice Republican’ until you can pick up enough votes.

      Adriane (6cae82)

    12. “Divisive partisanship” is not giving the Democrats everything they want.

      Techie (6b5d8d)

    13. GWB slipped one to O’Dumbo. Now take $350 billion off my deficit total and add it to O’Dumbo’s the minute he says ‘I Do’.

      Scrapiron (ce69ff)

    14. “…didn’t have enough control…”
      Comment by Adriane — 1/13/2009 @ 12:16 am

      She had enough to be elected Speaker.
      It is HER House, and has been since January, 2007!
      If her management skills are limited, or non-existent, is no excuse for the performance of her majority which she is the poster for.
      Bipartisanship to a Democrat is having a Republican vote for a Democrat program, but never vice versa.
      They are the most partisan, vile, evil, disgusting examples of parasites extant.

      Glad you caught me on a good day, or I might say something that would be offensive.

      AD (6e9550)

    15. I do find it humorous that a 95% Republican vote on one side of the issue is “lockstep” (military reference?) but a 100% Democrat vote on the other side of the issue isn’t.

      John Hitchcock (fb941d)

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    17. In the last eight year, Bush changed the tone of Washington, but Washington refused to return the favor.

      Neo (cba5df)

    18. Dubya did in 2000. So now, 8 years later….

      imdw (23c2b4)

    19. Your cryptic response, imdw, is, well, cryptic.

      John Hitchcock (fb941d)

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