"Senior members of the Obama administration are pressing lawmakers to use a shortcut to drive the president's signature initiatives on health care and energy through Congress without Republican votes, a move that many lawmakers say would fly in the face of President Obama's pledge to restore bipartisanship to Washington.
Republicans are howling about the proposal to expand health coverage and tax greenhouse gas emissions without their input, warning that it could irrevocably damage relations with the new president."
You mean restoring the bipartisanship that the Republicans have shown toward Obama so far? Obama risks irrevocably damaging relations with Republicans? Like what? Instead of getting zero votes in the house, Obama risks getting, what, zero? Bipartisanship is a two way street, in case you never thought of that, you idiots. So go on publicizing the Republican howling. No one except your fellow villagers is listening any more.
By the way, Obama's "pledge" to restore bipartisanship is a Republican fiction. Don't try to tell me that you didn't know that.
No, Blanche, it would allow the enactment of health care reform that would actually accomplish something, rather than a piece of meaningless legislation watered down to irrelevance by Republicans who oppose any action on health care at all.
" Sen. Max Baucus(D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which is handling health care, also has spoken against reconciliation, arguing that he would rather have a health-care plan that can win broad, bipartisan support than a narrowly drawn proposal passed only by Democrats."
Max, how stupid are you? Can't you figure out by now that "broad bipartisan support" means a bill that will do nothing?
I didn't hear you two complaining in the Washington Post during the six years that congressional Republicans rode roughshod over the Democrats in every way. Now that it's time to get something done for the American people, you have suddenly developed a conscience.
Can it. The Republicans are out to destroy you and everything you claim to believe in. Working "with" them is the surest way in existence to render yourself totally impotent.