Compromise? Sure, say Dems. Nope, says GOP.

Watching President Obama’s press conference this afternoon, in which he talked of trying to find ways to cooperate and build consensus with Republicans, you could see the dominant narrative of the next two years already taking shape.

“No one party will be able to dictate where we go from here,” Obama said. “We must find common ground to make progress on some uncommonly difficult problems.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a similar point this morning. “We’ve got to start working together… Legislation’s the art of compromise,” he said on the Today Show.

In the days before the election, we heard a lot of talk from John Boehner and others rejecting the idea of compromise. Today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was singing the same tune.

“I would say to our friends on the other side of the aisle, in listening to what they’ve had to say this morning, that they may have missed the message somewhat,” he said, apparently referring to Reid. “Their view is that we haven’t cooperated enough. I think what the American people were saying yesterday is that they appreciated us saying ‘No’ to the things that the American people indicated they weren’t in favor of.”

So to review what seem to be the major Republican themes:

GOP Talking Point 1: The Democrats lost because Obama refused to compromise.

GOP Talking Point 2 — Compromise? Hell no, we aren’t going to compromise!

In other words, our leaders can’t come to an agreement on whether it’s important to come to an agreement.

706 comments Add your comment

JDW

November 4th, 2010
8:13 am

@Fair IS fair

Problem is The Fair Tax Org can’t do math.

http://www.factcheck.org/taxes/unspinning_the_fairtax.html

Concerned Parent

November 4th, 2010
8:41 am

Democrats should treat the republicans the same way the republicans treat them – obstruct everything and blame it all on the republicans.

saywhat?

November 4th, 2010
10:02 am

I have yet to see anybody give a single example of Republicans compromising after their historical losses at the polls in 2006/2008. Anyone? Anything?

I seem to recall, that when they lost, Republicans said it was because they weren’t conservative enough (and so the voters put more liberals in power???). Now that Democrats have lost a single House (and it was mostly the conservative blue dogs who lost) the Republicans claim it was because Democrats weren’t conservative enough. Hello? Liberal Democrats kept their seats. Maybe blue dog Democrats lost their seats in the House because they weren’t liberal enough. Why would a liberal voter make the effort to keep a republican lite in office. The young liberal electorate stayed home this election, sick of the Jim Marshalls etc.

Justthefact

November 5th, 2010
1:38 pm

A historic overthrough in the House yeap let Obama keep his Liberal/Socialist agenda for the next two years that’s exactly what the American people want.
Keep ramming through 2700 page health care plans that nobody is given the time to read. force through cap-and-trade….
Then see what the American people say in the 2012 election if they make it that long…

tn

November 5th, 2010
4:47 pm

Sure the Dems want to comprimise now that they lost what happened to Rep sitting on the back of the bus.
Or the Dems drive what a bunck of babies

hsr0601

November 6th, 2010
10:27 am

My View : Re : Another Bush Era ( = Entire Downfall )
 
1. I think Corrupt Money & Almost Dead Media led Independents to Fuel the no idea’ Gains.
That explains why Moneycracy & Money-driven media call for urgent overhaul.
Do people expect job growth, more affordable premium & cheaper gas prices from insurance take-over & oil companies ?‎
 
2. Extension of oil wars displaced Energy Independence or A Jobs law, empowering the war party and leaving healthcare law near demise before survival.
Prior to the question of where are jobs ?‎ , the urgency of Energy Independence or A Jobs law needs to come first.
At least pending RES legislation needs to be addressed in the first place.
 
3. The most efficient deficit-cut way of government would be slashing the destructive war & military waste.
Slashing the destructive war & military waste alone supposedly could be enough to balance the budget.
Regrettably. opponents are instead critical of sound investments. ( Depression : New Deal = Great Recession : Stimulus Package (Groundwork) )
 
Weapon Sell = Mexican Drug Trafficking = Destroy all, driving global economy in a destructive direction.
Even Overall US intelligence budget tops $80 billion annually.
 
4. While the days of cheap oil is gone, thankfully, just as insightful Al Gore predicted, even if fewer people then agreed with his claim, recent findings show that tangible increase in the renewable energy capacity is economically and technically feasible.
Currently, the exciting fourth wave of smart grid & renewable energy with great job potential world-wide is upon us.
And surprisingly, the EV world broke the most difficult barrier of limited range.
DBM Energy’s electric Audi A2 completed record setting 372 mile drive on a single charge.

For more details about DBM Energy battery, kindly search DBM Energy battery.
 
The recent bold drive for green energy in CA could shed lights on how best to meet the challenge of high unemployment.