McCain: Obama didn’t practice bipartisanship

Sen. John McCain says President Barack Obama failed to include Republicans in writing the big economic stimulus bill.

The Arizona Republican says the $787 billion measure will create what he calls "generational theft" — huge federal deficits for years to come.

McCain, who lost the presidential race to Obama, says the president is backtracking on promises of bipartisanship. McCain is not happy with the process that led to passage of the stimulus bill. He calls it a bad beginning to Obama’s presidency.

McCain acknowledges that Republicans excluded Democrats when the GOP held power on Capitol Hill. But he says Obama had promised to work differently.

McCain offers this advice: "Let’s start over now and sit down together."

He appeared Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union."

Comments

  1. adb8917

    Some years back, before the 2006 races, a pundit — Mark Russell I believe — observed that the Democrats were starting to show some strength, and on a significant vote where in the past they’d rolled over, they stood together as a bloc and repudiated the GOP. (I don’t remember the bill, unfortunately…) But what did stick was the comment that the Democrats had bitten the hand that had slapped them in the face! Yeah, payback’s a bitch!

    What I don’t get is why the mainstream media (MSM) continues to give these thoroughly discredited mutts and their failed ideology headline space; especially since it’s a bunch of retread rhetoric. (I do, really. It’s not about journalism. It’s about unregulated profitability, and who offers these corporate free-booters a ride on Easy Street…)

    The Republican Party had 14 years of Congressional control, and 8 years concurrently in the White House, and THEY RAN THIS COUNTRY INTO THE GROUND! Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress are going to have to spend years undoing the damage that the GOP has visited on the American people and global economies. Our children and their children will be paying for these REPUBLICAN crimes for generations to come.

    So, unless and until the GOP does more than whine and complain they they’re being sidelined; until they acknowledge that this financial catastrophe occurred on their watch; unless they admit that bipartisanship was sacrificed by their own ideologically driven and malicious lust for power and privilege; and until they find new ideas that are genuinely centrist and in the people’s best interest, then I say let ’em stew in their own juice! Keep them on the back bench; muzzle ’em; steamroller them on every aspect of their chosen causes, and do business with the few, more rational ones like Collins, Snowe, and Specter.

    I suspect that moderate members of the House GOP Caucus might soon find some testicular fortitude and break ranks with the ideologues that have held them in thrall since the days of Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay (And why isn’t he already in jail?)

    Pragmatic politics will soon have them working a more accommodating line; but until that happens I say that we ought to hasten the extinction of these dinosaurs, and clean ’em out of the political gene pool!

    ADB

  2. spartacus

    Why is anyone listening to John McCain about the economy anyway? He has ZERO credibility on the subject, which he proved time and time again on the campaign trail, when the stock market took a nosedive, and when the stimulus package was being debated, when he offered an alternative bill, which consisted of nothing but tax cuts primarily benefitting those who ALWAYS benefit from Republican tax cuts (hint: they aren’t the middle class nor the lower classes). McCain is a joke.

    He’s also a liar. Actually, every Republican who’s been singing this tune about Democrats not offering them a seat at the table are LIARS. What they don’t like is that their ‘ideas’ weren’t put SOLELY into the bill, since all they wanted was tax cuts. There were a few, of course, who complained that there weren’t enough infrastructure dollars in the bill (which had been removed because they always label it PORK); when more money was put in, with NO designation for any specific projects in mind, they still labelled it pork. Apparently, they only like it if they can complain that it’s nonexistant. McCain even gave a long list the morning of the final vote of things he called ‘pork’ and not stimulus, which was funny, considering that each of them had a pretty good case for being there. He especially belittled a water project involving Mississippi and Louisiana, which anyone with half a brain knew involved the levees: however, since John McCain has less than half a brain, the urgency and need for such a program, and the stimulus in a region in need of employment after a hurricane’s devestation, apparently escaped him. Go figure.

    Every time McCain opens his mouth he proves that this country escaped a bazooka when it failed to elect him president in November. Imagine the disaster we’d be in if that clueless dolt were in the White House now: it would be worse than reelecting Hoover in 1932.