Now That's Bipartisanship!

on Monday, March 23, 2009

Didn't Barack Obama promise during his campaign that he would end this kind of stuff in Washington:

Senior members of the Obama administration are pressing lawmakers to use a shortcut to drive the president's signature initiatives on health care and energy through Congress without Republican votes, a move that many lawmakers say would fly in the face of President Obama's pledge to restore bipartisanship to Washington...

"That would be the Chicago approach to governing: Strong-arm it through," said Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), .. "You're talking about the exact opposite of bipartisan. You're talking about running over the minority, putting them in cement and throwing them in the Chicago River."

The shortcut, known as "budget reconciliation," would allow Obama's health and energy proposals to be rolled into a bill that cannot be filibustered, meaning Democrats could push it through the Senate with 51 votes, instead of the usual 60. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both used the tactic to win deficit-reduction packages, while George W. Bush used it to push through his signature tax cuts.
While the last sentence of the article suggests that this isn't the first time this tactic has been used by a president, it is, however, the first time that it has been used by a president who promised not to use it and even dedicated a portion of his biography to condemning the practice.

I'm now accepting everyone's guesses on how many more of his promises Barack Obama will break during his first 100 days.