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Unilateral Bipartisanship

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David Axerlrod on Meet the Press (my emphasis added):

MR. GREGORY: All right, so how was [the Republican party’s] influence felt [in the stimulus bill]?

MR. AXELROD: Well, I think in tax–in terms of tax cuts. I think the tax cuts reflect some of their, their thinking. I mean, we agreed with them in terms of tax cuts to help small businesses get through this. They–their–the AMT is now added. The AMT fix is now added to this. The, the, the Web site recovery.gov was suggested by Representative Cantor, the leader of the opposition in the House.

Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I don’t think so. Notice the words he struggles with. He wants to portray the tax cuts as concessions to Republicans, but at the same time does not way to give away the credit for their inclusion from the Democrats. The worst thing Democrats could do right now is concede the point that Republicans have been making for a long time: that Democrats are against tax cuts. But at the same time they want to be able to point to the tax cuts as evidence of concessions to the Republicans. They’re walking a fine line and getting away with it for the most part.

My impression of the Democratic view of bipartisanship: “We welcome ideas from across the isle, as long as they are also our ideas.”

I don’t blame Democrats for wanting to limit the Republican influence on this bill. Let’s face it: they won that right in November. But don’t try to portray it as bipartisan because a Republican suggested a website. Because, you know, clearly the success or failure of the stimulus package hinges on recovery.gov.

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Written by Mike

February 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

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