So says blogger Betsy Newmark who begins - - -
Of course the Democrats want to portray the zero Republican House votes for the huge spending plan as mere partisanship. That's where the White House spokesman cast the blame.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs cast the administration's inability to pick up any Republican votes as a reflection of the politics Obama campaigned against — not a repudiation of a president who worked the Republican side of the aisle even harder than he did his own party's side.
"Of course we're disappointed that it's going to take longer to change the way Washington works than just a little more than a week, but the president feels good about the efforts that he's made to reach out to people to work with them," Gibbs said in an interview quickly set up after the vote.The rest of Betsy’s post is here.
First of all, it is not really "working" with the other side if they don't have input into the bill as it is being written and into the basic approach that the bill took place. Otherwise, it is simply being courteous but also deciding that your side won and so you don't have to do more than lip service and make polite moves to "reach out" to the Republicans without actually changing what you were going to do in the first place.
Not only is President Obama not really “working” with the House Republicans, he's using them as props for his bipartisan pose.
And the Republicans know it.
Will the American people catch on to what Obama’s doing?
If they do, it won’t be because liberal/leftist news organizations such as the NY Times and NPR point it out to them.
For that you have to go to Betsy’s Page and other truth-telling sites.