L.A. Times: Republicans “Snipe” at Obama, Even as He “Swim[s] Against the Partisan Tide” — Meanwhile, Layoffs Are “Adding Urgency to the Need to Agree on a Stimulus Plan” . . . Yes, These Are Quotes from News Articles. No, I’m Not Kidding.
The L.A. Times sings a hymn of praise to the glorious bipartisan efforts of Barack Obama:
President Obama travels to the Capitol today to meet with House and Senate Republicans, the latest in a series of high-profile efforts to reach across the aisle and make good on his campaign promise to swim against the partisan tide that has flooded Washington for decades.
So far, his gestures have shown few signs of success, as Republicans have continued to snipe at his signature initiative — legislation to stimulate the economy — and even to question the sincerity of his efforts. In the stimulus bill’s first two tests last week, it passed two committees without a single Republican vote.
Nothing loaded in that terminology . . .
Meanwhile, another article tells us that layoffs at several companies are “adding urgency to the need to agree on a stimulus plan”:
Imagine these headlines: “Saddam continues to defy U.N. weapons inspectors, adding urgency to the need to agree to Bush’s proposed invasion of Iraq.” Or: “Jihadists return to the battlefield, adding urgency to the need to agree to revisions of FISA.”
Yeah, I agree. They are hard to imagine at that.