Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Second Look at Bipartisanship

Following up from my last post, I also want to recommend Hendrik Hertzberg's assessment of the whole process of getting the stimulus bill passed. He makes a good case that in a lot of ways, leaving aside the Congress and the usual howler monkeys, Obama did achieve significant bipartisan support (among Republican and independent voters, and Republican governors) and additionally, was able to use the concept of bipartisanship, saying, "… even if it fails as a tactic for compromise, [it] can succeed as a tonal strategy: once the other side makes itself appear intransigently, destructively partisan, the game is half won."

(h/t: DougJ/Balloon Juice)

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