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Patrick O'Connor and Jonathan Martin write for Politico: “Beneath the polite give and take between the new president and the newly disempowered Republican caucus, there was a sense that Obama’s honeymoon had already begun to ebb. For the first time, it seems, congressional Republicans, shut out of power and seemingly cowed by the harsh verdict of voters and wild popularity of the new president, are finding their voice, rallying in large numbers against the centerpiece of Obama’s agenda."

Chuck Raasch writes for the Gannett News Service that “the Republicans' stiff, early opposition is belying predictions that they would initially defer to Obama and may be foreshadowing a shorter-than-expected honeymoon for the new president."

Howard Fineman writes for MSNBC: “Even though the country is behind Obama as he starts — he has the highest approval ratings on record — the sense Inside the Beltway is rather fizz-less. There are a number of reasons. Obama essentially started governing the economy weeks ago, so his ‘honeymoon’ was over — at least among the political and chattering classes here in Washington — before he was even inaugurated.”

By Dan Froomkin  |  January 28, 2009; 10:15 AM ET
 
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Since when has the GOP ever been anything but hyperpartisan?

Remember how anyone who didn't favour bombing the middle east and torture of anyone remotely connected to it was a traitor?

Remember Rove's 'get out the base' strategy?

Rememeber the 'Mayberry Machiavellis'?

GOPers wouldn't know bipartisanship if it bit them in the bum. Their 2010 election campaign started last November. They do politics - not policy - whether in government or opposition.

The only point in Obama seeking bipartisanship is his future ability to point to its total rejection by the GOP establishment and the hope that such few rational GOPers as remain in the tank will finally - however belatedly - desert it.

Posted by: AlanDownunder | January 28, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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