August 17, 2022

McConnell’s latest vow of obstructionism marks the final voyage of bipartisanship

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Republicans are fond of bitching about how President Biden and his Democratic colleagues in Congress have abandoned any efforts at true bipartisanship after Biden promised to pursue a more inclusive style of governing during his presidential campaign last year.


Recent statements from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) prove, however, what a fruitless goal compromise with a party dedicated to blocking every piece of progressive legislation proposed by Democrats — and supported by a majority of Americans in polling — would truly be.

CNN’s John Harwood took to Twitter to point out that President Biden would be wasting his time attempting to get cooperation from Republicans on any part of his legislative agenda with a GOP so united in opposition to anything proposed by Democrats, no matter how much support any individual piece of legislation may have from the American people or how beneficial it would be to the nation as a whole.

Given that McConnell’s word bare a strong resemblance to what he said at the outset of the Obama administration when he opposed everything the administration proposed in order to achieve his unfulfilled goal of making Obama a one-term president, Biden is making the right choice in redefining bipartisanship as the will of the majority of Americans, including Democrats, Republicans, and independents, rather than the acceptance of his proposals by a self-interested group of GOP politicians who are out of touch with everyone except rabid MAGA-types and QAnon devotees.

People who read Harwood’s post readily answered his question about how realistic these expectations of a willingness to compromise on the GOP’s part might be.

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Given that President Biden lived through the GOP’s unparalleled obstructionism during the Obama administration and witnessed their own lack of bipartisanship in the passage of their tax cuts for billionaires and corporate oligarchs, he is wise to stick to his own definition of the term and ignore the catcalls from the hypocritical opposition.

With McConnell and his Republican colleagues single-mindedly fixated on cementing their reputation as “The party of No,” he should simply ignore their bleatings and push for the passage of the much-needed legislation necessary to repair the nation again after the latest disastrous period of GOP control, filibuster be damned.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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