The New York Times cites a poll today that indicates more Americans approve of President Obama’s efforts at bipartisanship than G.O.P. Republicans:
They [Americans] credit Mr. Obama more than Republicans with making an effort at bipartisanship, and they back the White House’s policies on a variety of disputed issues, including allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military and repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
The White House has made an aggressive push of late to counter Republican obstructionism: most evidently, in the President’s recent face-to-face showdown at the Republican retreat in Baltimore, where he responded to G.O.P. questions knowledgeably, patiently, and his characteristic panache.
Rachel Maddow had a great segment deconstructing the partisan impasse between Democrats and Republicans. My favorite part of Maddow’s analysis is when she literally calls out the Republican lawmakers who voted against the federal stimulus bill, but later took credit for the federal funds in their home districts. I admire Maddow immensely: such a reasoned, articulate–and witty–voice.
Here’s a sample photos of all those Republican congresspeople who took snapshots “Publisher’s Clearinghouse”-style at ribbon-cutting ceremonies in their home districts. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) presenting $625,000 in federal stimulus in his home district of Cedartown, Georgia for streetscaping and infrastructure: