President Obama has become more and more partisan since taking office, the second-ranking Senate Republican charged Monday.
“In the earliest days, he reached out in a bipartisan way to secure passage of administration priorities … [b]ut the administration has become increasingly partisan in the months since then,” Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said in a speech on the Senate floor.
Hmm, I don’t remember the “earliest days” of Obama’s presidency quite the same way. Obama “reached out in a bipartisan way to secure passage of administration priorities”? Well, he reached out in a bipartisan way, and found that Republicans had no interest in compromise or cooperation. The Senate passed the Lily Ledbetter Act over GOP opposition; the Senate passed the stimulus package over GOP opposition; the Senate passed the budget over GOP opposition; the Senate passed S-CHIP over GOP opposition; etc.
When, exactly, was this golden era?
For that matter, what’s changed? The White House invested quite a bit of effort last week, reaching out to Republicans on health care reform, but couldn’t find much in the way of support. That’s fine, it’s the opposition party; it’s suppose to oppose the majority’s agenda.
But I still don’t know what Kyl is whining about here. Obama keeps seeking GOP support, and keeps finding an obstinate minority. Why would Kyl complain about that?