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Washington vs. America, Continued

And here's yet more about the disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country. (See my previous posts on the topic.)

Inside the Beltway, President Obama's failed overtures to Republicans over the stimulus bill were widely seen as humiliating.

But Michael Tomasky writes in a Guardian opinion column: "His audience is the country." Obama's meetings "were conducted for citizens, so they could see that he was trying something different....

"[M]iddle-of-the-road voters see partisan gridlock as a problem. And what do they see today if they cast their gaze in Washington's direction? They see a president trying to talk about and do something about a problem that they think is important. And they see a Republican bloc that is a living embodiment of that problem every day....

"Think of it as an outside-in strategy. That is: we tend to think that change starts in Washington and spreads out to the country. In fact, the opposite is more often the case. Change starts outside the Beltway, and eventually bleeds into it."

Steve Benen blogs for the Washington Monthly that it's working: "A national AP poll released yesterday found that 62% of Americans believe the president is doing enough to reach out to congressional Republicans. In contrast, the same poll found that only 27% of the public believes the GOP is doing to enough to cooperate with Obama....

"Even Fox News' latest poll showed similar results. Asked if the president 'has sincerely tried to reach out to Republicans and be bipartisan,' 66% of respondents said he has. Asked the same of Republicans, only 33% agreed."

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 20, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
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Congressional Republicans and some Governors banking on voter's short memories and hoping for Limbaugh's "failure" of Obama policies???

Great prescription, if realized, for the Real Deal Fascist State. But, of course, Anything is better than Socialism. Right?

Posted by: Spectator | February 20, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

As an Aussie I can provide a wider perspective.
To the rest of the world the tactics of the GOP appear not only confusing but also traitorous. How can their fellow citizens allow Republican legislators to stand on the sidelines and cheer for 'failure'?
Especially since they seem to be intent on pushing the very same failed policies that have brought the whole world to the brink of finaincial collapse.

Most of my peers (and other world citizens) are waiting for a bit of payback to begin - when do the 'Masters of the Universe' who brought this ruin on us all get their cumuppance? When are these multibillionares going to be brought to account? Why aren't the 'Limited liability' provisions of of your law being waived to allow the people who have suffered losses at the hands of these criminal conspiritors to sue them for compensation?

Nobidy will ever trust America again unless those responsible for this entirely avoidable disaster are held to account.

Allowing the perpetrators to retire with their fortunes intact is not an option.

Posted by: jamesmmoylan | February 20, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty much what I've been arguing about the presumed failure of "postpartisanship".

Obama has a community organizer's perspective. Change in behavior comes after a change in consciousness, and robust changes must have their roots in communities. The Washington wisdom will diss postpartisanship until the results of the 2010 elections come in.

Posted by: j2hess | February 20, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, u got it. Anything is better than Socialism. Anything is better for me than to have to pay some bottom feeder so he can keep his house, have a car, buy granny a set of false teeth, and eventually break into my home and murder me and my family while the ACLU sings "kumbaya". That is what Socialism is all about. Granted Bush was a weakling. This country needs a Sulla--a Roman who knew how to deal with leftist activists.

Posted by: mfinley4 | February 23, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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