2012-08-11 | Filed Under SteveG's Posts |
The Washington Post has the story Biden: McConnell decided to withhold all cooperation even before we took office.
Grunwald has Joe Biden on the record making a striking charge. Biden says that during the transition, a number of Republican Senators privately confided to him that Mitch McConnell had given them the directive that there was to be no cooperation with the new administration — because he had decided that “we can’t let you succeed.”
Here’s the relevant passage, from page 207:
Biden says that during the transition, he was warned not to expect any cooperation on many votes. “I spoke to seven different Republican Senators, who said, `Joe, I’m not going to be able to help you on anything,’ he recalls. His informants said McConnell had demanded unified resistance. “The way it was characterized to me was: `For the next two years, we can’t let you succeed in anything. That’s our ticket to coming back,’” Biden says.
The vice president says he hasn’t even told Obama who his sources were, but Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania both confirmed they had conversations with Biden along these lines.
Now is it clear enough that the lack of bipartisanship in Congress does not come equally from both parties?
Do you suppose that when Scott Brown went to the Senate that Mitch McConnell didn’t tell him about the plan? Yet, Scott Brown tries to make out that he is the neutral voice in the war between two extremes. He actually stands in the middle between one extreme and moderation. That still puts him way toward the extreme.
Does this make you even angrier at Obama for bending over backwards to get Republican cooperation when his administration was told in no uncertain terms that there would be no cooperation?