We WANT Partisanship, but Without the Gridlock

Susan Collins is, like much of the DC establishment, spinning her way out of touch with the American public.  I caught this quote at the end of a Boston Globe article:

“I think one of the messages that the voters sent last fall that Congress has not heeded is that they’re tired of partisan gridlock. They want us to work together, and they want us to get things done,” said Collins.

We want congress to get our things done.  Partisan gridlock is only a problem because those other people, from that other party, are getting in our way!  On the Iraq war, the American people want out.  Right now it is a question of gridlock, and it is the Republicans who are opposing efforts to address the war in Iraq who are the problem.  The lack of progress isn’t a bipartisan issue.  It is a uniquely Republican issue, and the Republicans are on the opposite side of the public and the majority of Congress.

Reid made the tough decision we’ve been asking him to make all along, to scrap compromises and half-attempts and put everything into getting meaningful legislation passed.  Compromise bills and rehearsed appeals to ending “partisan gridlock” are not what we the voters called for last fall.  We called for peace.  We called for an end to the Iraq war.

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9 Responses

  1. I have blogged about this exact issue…albeit your post made more sense than mine. I really do wish people would differentiate on the issue of gridlock and the more general partisan bickering that makes Congress the “deliberative body” and not the “do what the executive branch tells you to do” body. I, for one, could have stood for a little more partisanship in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

    And as far as Iraq goes…what is it going to take?…seriously. The whole country wants out; most of the congresspeople want out; the world wants us out. How thickheadedly loyal do you have to be to not be spending all your yays and nays on finding the path back home?

  2. JimPanzee,

    Its useful to mixup partisanship with gridlock. The word immediately has a strong taste of “business as usual” that does anything but serve the constituent.

    Your question on Iraq is pretty harsh! Its so dead on! I mean the majority of this country and the reality of the situation are both pushing us out, yet the Republicans still place their loyalty to Bush, party and misguided idealogy over everything else. Over representing the will of the people. Over protecting this country. Over the lives of everyone lost in the war.

    Thickheaded only begins to discuss the intellectual thrombosis keeping any progress at all out of our reach.

  3. The Republicans are clinging so tightly to Bush and his failed war in Iraq that they are seriously damaging their 2008 election chances. They are refusing to listen to what the voters want and when the voters kick more of them out of office they are going to be wondering what happened.

    I can’t imagine what they are thinking to believe that preventing an end to the Iraq is somehow the smart thing to do.

  4. bloggernista,
    If you look at this in terms of election strategy, it does seem insane, doesn’t it? Then again, having sold themselves as a party that makes decisions and sticks by it (despite the prevalence of counter-examples), I guess they feel changing course would carry a higher political cost than addressing the war realistically (and lose them whatever shreds of their base they still have in their corner).

  5. Well they are afraid of primary challenges. If your not rabid enough on the war and the whole laundry list of right-wing ideas, they will challenge you and then you could be out or worse yet, loose all those lovely campaign contributions.

  6. Susan “babytalk” Collins is a moron.

    Since she’s been a loyal Bushite for much of the Iraq war, against the vast majority of her Maine constituents, she has no cred when it comes to lecturing people on gridlock and partisanship.

    The good news is, she has a challenger and she may very likely not be reelected to the senate.

  7. The GOP is beaten hard, and it knows it. The problem is they are too stupid, or too dishonest, to own up to it and recognize it. However, I think Ron Paul is changing that. Time will tell, of course. But we are certainly working to change it!

    Your post is dead on, of course. Part of Paul’s appeal is that he’s been in Congress for 20 years telling them they are worthless and need to stop sucking. They’ve sucked remarkably hard in the past 10-8 years. Which is very unfortunate for us, as we end up footing the (ever massively increasing) bill.

    I’ll take Gridlock over Action though if it means stopping war. The problem of course is that Congress is just too spineless to adhere to mere gridlock, and tossed the keys to the Executive branch. Hilarity ensued.

  8. Rafael,
    Indeed. It is tricky. Too far to the right, and the Dems have an opening to strike. Too far towards the center, and you’ve got a primary challenge to deal with.

    Christopher,
    Agreed! The more Kay talks about the challenger, the more hope I have for Maine.

    Bret,
    It will be interesting to see what (if any) impact Ron Paul has on Republican discourse. He has often been compared to Ralph Nader, and I can see him having a similar effect on the GOP.

    Isn’t it funny how no matter how much people tell either party they suck, they just keep on sucking (and getting elected)? What we really need, above everything else, is electoral reform. Honestly most truly worthwhile candidates never have a chance in the current system.

    “The problem of course is that Congress is just too spineless to adhere to mere gridlock, and tossed the keys to the Executive branch. Hilarity ensued.” Great quote!

  9. Well, maybe “hysteria” would be a better world than hilarity. It isn’t very nice to call slaughter of thousands of American soldiers funny. I certainly do not think it is. I think it’s criminal, frankly.

    I think Ron Paul will have an enormous impact in the final analysis. I was at the Spartanburg, SC GOP Luncheon this past saturday… truly enlightening experience.

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