Case in point, the outcome from this meeting between House GOP and Obama. It does not trouble me that the GOP will resist the stimulus for all its worth at this point. Why the heck not? What amused me was this:
he room burst into applause at the mention of congressional Democrats' alleged lack of bipartisan outreach. Obama did not come to their defense - a silence that many took to mean he acknowledged that lack of comity.I am minded of an exchange I had elsewhere in which I decided that it was simply not worthwhile to engage a particular troll, who unsurprisingly claimed victory. *shrug*
"I think the House Democrats have failed at bipartisanship, and I think he acknowledged that by what he didn't say as opposed to what he did," said Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.).
"He didn't say anything, but we got the message," said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.).
When you're in a meeting trying to have an intelligent conversation with people, and they complain that your friends are not treating them right, is there really a point in saying "guys, 'bipartisan' is not an invitation to get fucked. There are going to be accountability mechanisms in this stimulus bill and it is not going to be primarily more tax cuts. Are you willing to engage on other areas or do you want to make a stand on this with no compromise?"
This is merely an effort to try to sew dissent. But I expect some Democrats will fall for it anyway.