'What's blocking us right now is sort of hyper-partisanship in Washington that, frankly, I was hoping to overcome in 2008,' he said. 'And in the midst of crisis, I think the other party reacted, rather than saying now is the time for us all to join together, decided to take a different path.Can anyone identify for me what he's done to attempt to "overcome" this hyper-partisanship? Was it when he told Republican congressmen "I won"? Was it when he repeatedly made reference to the country as a car in a ditch, that Republicans drove the car there, and then should just drink Slurpees and stay out of the way while he and the Democrats fixed everything? Was it when he said they also shouldn't talk to much? Was it when he blamed everything on his predecessor? Was it when he signed major legislation, specifically the porkulus bill and Obamacare, with only one or two Republican votes total out of 535 men and women in Congress? Was it when he said to "punch back twice as hard", or perhaps when he said his followers needed to "punish" their "enemies"?
'My thinking was after we beat them in 2012, well, that might break the fever, and it's not quite broken yet.
'But I am persistent. And I am staying at it. And I genuinely believe that there are actually Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they're fearful of their base and they're concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them.'
I'd really like an answer.
Update, 5/16/13: I'm not the only one noticing:
President Obama is once again engaging in what psychiatrists refer to as projection, in which people lay their worst attributes on others...Update #2, 5/16/13: Nope, no hyperpartisanship here:
Mr. Obama is the ultimate ad hominem president.
"Don't think we're not keeping score, brother." That's what President Barack Obama said to Rep. Peter DeFazio in a closed-door meeting of the House Democratic Caucus last week, according to the Associated Press.