Framing the framing about the framing
At the risk of unleashing an Ice-nine-scale attack of meta-ness, here is how I broached the topic of bipartisanship with the folks at Democratic Underground...
Let's talk about Obama, Hillary, and "Bipartisanship"
For the record, I'm not trying to start a flame war.
But I'm going to talk honestly and share three links (at the end) I'd like you to check out.
Put simply, this talk about "bipartisanship," "post-partisanship," and "reaching across the aisle," has got to stop.
Pop quiz: who said these things in the wake of the 2006 Midterm election?"...we need to put aside our partisan differences"
"The election said they want to see more bipartisan cooperation."
"The truth of the matter is, the American people are sick of the partisanship and name-calling."
Hint: he lives across the street from 1599 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Gosh, isn't that the funniest coincidence you ever heard? The very second the Democrats get a seat at the table of national politics, it's time for us to chill out and not raise a fuss. Better that we get cozy with today's ruthless, corrupt, incompetent, and valueless GOP.
And two Democrats who would like to move into that Penn. Ave. home are regurgitating this Kumbaya talk.
Go ahead and love and support whichever candidate you want, but please push back on any Democratic politician when she or he fuels this vapid and destructive meme.
What's so bad about bipartisanship? Please check out the following:
- Blogger Digby on "Bipartisan Zombies"
- Blogger Lambert on Obama's deep embrace of bi-partisanship/post-partisanship
- Yours truly, Blogger Vastleft, in all my video beauty (well...) arguing why bipartisanship is not the answer to the cancer that's devouring our Constitution, and citing a Washington Monthly quote that should be taped to your wall
Before the flaming (if any) begins, let me note following:
Though her handling of this topic and general embrace of so-called "centrism" within today's rightwing framing seriously disappoint me, I am impressed with her strength as a campaigner (if for a less-progressive agenda than I would prefer), and I will strongly support her candidacy against any Republican or Independent.
Though his handling of this topic and church-state issues seriously disappoints me, I'm not uncharmed by the bright and charming Obama, and I will strongly support his candidacy against any Republican or Independent. From experience, I will add that I'm shocked at the quality of debate by his advocates/defenders. Obama will be a better politician if he's not protected by a "cult of personality" shield, and if he has to answer for the disconcerting implications of some of his rhetoric.
If like me, you'd prefer to have a debate instead of a flame war, let's please discuss the issue at hand -- whether bipartisanship is a destructive meme, something we should strike from our vocabulary -- rather than dredging up the old Ronnie Hawkins tune "Who Do You Love?"
The topic at hand isn't who the awesomest candidate is, or whom you should vote for. It's the importance of properly framing the challenge that lies ahead, restoring America's ability to function as a fair and just nation, something that cannot be done in partnership with the soulless souls who ushered in torture and ushered out habeas corpus.