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January 22nd, 2010
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Is bipartisanship obsolete?

By Carol Costello and Ronni Berke

When Republican Scott Brown won the race for Senate in traditionally Democratic Massachusetts, he may have ushered in a new mood of bipartisanship.

Republican Scott Brown won the race for Senate in Massachusetts, a traditionally Democratic state.
Republican Scott Brown won the race for Senate in Massachusetts, a traditionally Democratic state.

In a phone call with President Obama, Brown suggested that he and his daughter take on the president in a bipartisan game of basketball. "I said Mr. President, I know you like basketball, I tell you what? Why don't you pick your best player and I take Ayla? And we take you on two-on-two?"

Some in Washington say Brown's gesture was refreshing after a year of partisan rancor. For two longtime lawmakers, Democrat Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and Republican Tim Johnson of Illinois, signs like that are proof that bipartisanship is not dead.

The two independent-minded congressmen are often at odds with their own parties. And even while disagreeing with each other on policy, they have found common ground.

"Dennis is one of my good friends in the process," says Johnson. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dennis. We actually agree on some number of issues and we don't agree on others."

Kucinich warns against trapping people by labels. "We're all more than just a label. People here have great depth, they have a sense of humanity and when you connect with that humanity, you connect with people heart to heart."

In an age where lawmakers have become so wrapped up in such party labels – Washington is in a state of ideological warfare. In a recent study, "Congressional Quarterly" said partisan voting in Congress is the worst it's been in 50 years. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Kucinich.

"I'm a Democrat, but I'm not here so that the Democratic Party trumps everything in America. It's got to do what's right for America, not just win."

Johnson agreed. "If Massachusetts demonstrated nothing else, then it certainly should demonstrate that the old rules may not apply this year," he says. "People are disaffected, they're mad."

As for President Obama, both men say he should continue reaching out across the aisle.

"I hope he says we want to reach out to all people in the process, and come up with a product not only in health care but on foreign policy and others that will work for America," says Johnson.

"I hope he smiles and says I hear you. I hear you loud and clear and we're going to direct our policies accordingly," added Kucinich.


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  1. CurtJ

    Every Neo Con owned Republican president since Reagan has embedded Neo Con sleeper operatives in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of the American government.
    Their jobs are to deflect and stifle any investigation into the Conflict of Interest and Collusion challenged laws, deregulations, and actions. To manipulate intelligence, evidence and make sure investigations are steered toward minor officials in the Republican administrations.
    The multi national Neo Con owned conglomerates own the politicians so they actually run the American government and have their own Mercenary armies.
    Democracy died not with a bang but with a whimper. The whimper is when the Americans start questioning the Neo Cons policies, the Neo Con owned news media conglomerates in collusion with them, start braying out BinLaden and al-Qaeda to keep the Americans in line. The whimper is the cowardice and bleating of the Americans like sheep even though it is their policies of Colonialism with its theft and murder that brought on 9/11.
    Go ahead and refuse to print this, sooner or later you all will have to answer for murder. Here on earth or to your white mans god after you die.

    March 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  2. Richard A.

    The bipartisanship ended with the Nixon era and the Watergate fiasco. Ever since then, party members were concerned with only three things: 1) Getting re-elected; 2) Raising money to get re-elected; and 3) Ruining the opposition whenever possible. Nothing else matters.
    It is no longer a government for the people, and the blame goes all around. It really doesn't matter who you vote for... it's like the Genoveses vs. the Gambinos. They're all bad, but it depends on who is less crooked at the time. The time for a revolution is near, and it's going to get a lot worse before it gets any better.

    March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  3. Gloria K

    Bipartianship? Please, don't make me shutter. No such thing. There will always be some power "hunger" idiot who will want it all. America, step back, as if you don't live here and take a long look at the problems this country is facing. What's going on, what are WE, the people going to do about it? Can this be fixed? This is OUR country., not Obama's, not Harry Reis, Pielosi's, the Republicans, Democrats, the Congressman, House of Representatives. They absolutely have NO interest in WE THE PEOPLE., who voted them into office. If they did, the economy would not be so bad, that our families have to choose between buying food for our children, or pay the electric bill, who keep coming to the door to shut it off, or losing our homes with no where to go. What WE need to do is clean house. Get rid of every politican and start over, but this time, get a new party and account for every one of our dollars, where they are going, have the American people do more voting so we know what is going on and stop governments stealing our money and leaving us out in the cold. We need to take our country back, NOW!

    March 2, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  4. daffy22

    Well i don't know much about bipartansanship ,but i would like to know why cnn monitors kick me off posting on the news stories i had been posting on and they let me post on this site. What about my freedom of speach?

    February 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  5. Bruce Rubin

    The way legislation is passed in Washington is based on how much money a person or organization contributes to that candidate or that political party.If you think there is more involved just think TOYOTA. For ten years the car insurance industry has been reporting to the government about Toyota car excelleration problems and Toyota showered elected officials with cash and someone inside Government stalled the recalls.The US Government has known about the Toyota problem for ten years and families have been blown up and burned alive. What other horror safety problems are we being exposed to for PAC money only God and our well rewarded elected officials can answer that question.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  6. Tina

    TWO TERMS, NO LONGER. They stay in their jobs to long they forget why they are there. Set term limits.

    February 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  7. Tim

    If our congressmen and senators would put their loyalty to our country
    first before loyalty to party and their own self-centeredness, we would accomplish a lot more. I am disgusted that they cannot cooperate or at least negotiate and meet halfway.
    Cooperation among people of different ethnic backgrounds, different religions, different political parties, etc. is what made this country strong. It is time for them to put down their stubborness and do what is right for the citizens. Right now, their attitudes are litereally making them uselss to the citizens. They might as well pack up their papers and go home.

    February 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  8. Vince

    Yes.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm |
  9. marco miranda sr

    REACHING THE BOTTOM

    I thought I had seen everything there is to see, feel, smell and appreciate about media coverage. I was building sand castles in Kitty Hawk that morning when this strange contraption that looked like a sick Tyrannosaurus with wings came down the sand tunes flying at about 30 feet above the ground. The funny thins was the mustachioed pilot wearing vest, necktie, stiff collar, a cashmere jacket and white gloves and kept a folded copy of the Kitty Hawk News sticking out of his coat pocket!
    The newspaper reports the following days were accurate, detailed and showed with measured amazement the latest “marvel of the ages!”
    I was playing golf in Oahu very near Hickam Field, Ford Island and Wheeler Field when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. In seconds the bay turned into a huge burning cinder amid the thunder of bombs, canon and screams. I never finished that game and I was 2 holes ahead. The reporters in the area covered the event with measured phrases that reflected the horror they had just witnessed. These reports provided a shocking first view of a major crime and the tragedy it implied.
    Then, this morning, as I was finishing my second morning cognac, I turned the television on to watch the news. I watched for a few minutes and then went back to the downstairs bar for more Cognac.
    The news this morning was about a room in Congress where a meeting would take place later in the morning. Yes, the show was about the room. The room was empty so the hostess could move freely and point to the chairs where the witnesses would sit down. Then she devoted a full three minutes describing the table where the members of the committee would sit. She made sure to give proper recognition to the chairs where they would install their posteriors. Her descriptions were thrilling and emotional. Six chairs properly lined up in front of an empty table project a sense of propriety, excitement of things to come and the inevitability of life events that somehow set the course of our busy lives.
    I wish I was back in Pearl Harbor!

    February 23, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  10. Joan Buser

    You have the means and opportunity to really help the American people. We need to know who is proposing programs to fix the problems,
    who is voting against them and why.

    Yes, I can get this info for myself, but I can't share it with millions of viewers.

    We need to know who is playing "just say no" to anything the other side proposes, even if it's a real good idea.

    Help! I have no confidence that my government is anything less than a "shell game".

    Joan Buser

    February 22, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  11. u2canfail

    Jo, it has been out for quite a while. Ol, Newt started this mess, way back in the day. It simply is getting worse. Both parties are guilty. I am fed up. I really thought after the meltdown, we would have good banking regulation. NOPE lobby money. Some health care reform. NOPE lobby money. Consumer protection. NOPE lobby money. I guess, we voters just do not have enough $$$. After all the great white thinker, Bachmann said, "THe US is running out of rich people." So it must be true.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  12. Jo Aelfwine

    Bipartianship is never out of style but this Congress surely is. We need a whole new one in 2010; one that will see that it is wrong to be able to vote their own pay increases (if we can't, why should they?), not be part of social security (they should have no better benefits than the majority of their constituents) and that the best way to prevent pork is for Congress to be a part-time job again. See it, and do something about it.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  13. joe

    Our elected officials are all too arrogant to work with one another on OUR behalf.

    Republicans will fight against anything the Democrats propose, even if it was a Republican who initially came up with it.

    Regadless of you political views, you have to agree these people no longer see themselves as OUR EMPLOYEES.

    I think every single one of them should have their pay cut by at least 75% annually until the budget is balanced, our people have health care, and our troops are home.

    February 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  14. ruth dausener

    There is no legal right to health care in the United States. There are certain legal rights to emergency health care, BUT no legal right to health care other than that. Now to accomplish bipartansanship with the conservatists let all us communists and socialists stand up and agree: WE WILL NOT NOW NOR EVER AGREE TO THE LEGAL RIGHT TO HEALTH CARE FOR ANY UNITED STATES CITIZEN!!! Is that the kind of bipartisanship you conservatists are looking for?

    February 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  15. Free2question

    They all need to be thrown out and replaced with servants that will do THE PEOPLE"S work and not re-election campaigning their whole term. Congressional term limits are way overdue.

    February 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  16. marvin

    The way we save the 2 party system, bring down the defecit, and move the country forward is to only have 50-50 rep and dems in congress and senate. the president needs to hand down his agenda and they need to hammer it out. They don't get paid until they produce legislation he will sign. Also, when any of the elected officials are speaking in their official capacity, they should be under oath. This would either return civility and honesty to the airwaves or at least lower the volumn.

    February 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  17. brixandclay

    Bipartisanship has never been dead- it's just been overshadowed by partisanship. It always has been. The everyday person isn't partisan- I'm dating someone who has completely different political views than I do! But we can discuss it in an intelligent manner. Why can't Congress do the same thing? Here's why- they're trying too hard to get re-elected and not trying hard enough to move the country in the direction it should move.

    I agree with Jamie- make all of them go on a camping trip together and have bipartisan cabins and have team-building exercises. Make sure we know what happens- but for the most part maybe it would be better to keep journalists AWAY from something like that. They wouldn't feel the need to show off so much.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  18. Jack

    The villification of decent people by the left and the right talk show host is beyond comtemp.

    I, for, one say stop!

    But who will listen!

    When are you going to call out your associates either in private or public.

    It is time for good men and women to call out the mudslingers of radio, TV, blog & twiiters.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  19. EddyNigma

    Most of these things the Republicans are saying can be defined by the word sedition. To undermine the authority and credibility of the president of the united states willfully inciting contempt and hostility. They relentlessly tried to impeach the last president that wasn't from their organization. They believe this is their country and it is under attack by another organization. They are only weakening our country in a time of war aiding our enemies with ignorant abandon.

    February 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  20. Gordon overbaugh

    why do you crave bi-partisanship so dearly? In any true 'Parliamentary system such as the US Congress, the duty to 'Oppose' is critical to real integrity and transparency. It serves no useful purpose, especially in the long-run if the two parties align themselves and Pal their way through the task of governing. Only by having real opposition to new bills can the merit of those bills be accurately guaged. You might want to examine Canada's Federal Parliament as an example of this principle.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  21. David

    What I think people don't understand about our current political climate and system is that it isset up to reward the "squeaky wheel" and that is doesnt pay to be bi-partisan.

    Take John McCain when it come to "don't ask don't tell". In 2006 he said that if the military leaders came to him and said get rid of the don't ask policy then we should do that. NOW because he doen't want to concede ANYTHING because there is a Democrat inside the whitehouse he is against it. He is afrraid of the "tea party" and he is afraid he may come off as not conservative enough.
    Left and right are disgraceful. They are only in it to get re-elected and keep the special interest money flowing.

    February 3, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  22. Steven Garner

    ah, welcome to the cesspool that america has become, I think my many of our past generations are rolling in their graves at what we have done to this once wonderful country. god help us!

    February 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  23. Dale K Smith

    I have to agree with Dan,Ron,Jack,mschmori,and Joe! how can anybody trust them , they will do anything to stay in Power and wont do a thing to help or work with the Majority...it is sad!! they think that their Party is so Superior and Righteous and since they are not in charge they are gonna make everybody else suffer,..self-righteous ,Sour Bastards! who needs them?

    February 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  24. rober/reb

    Republicans/democrats

    Funny, Dems seem to be if your for there agenda to be destructive to the constitution of the USA is the primary reason we the people must do away with bipartisan BS so if you argree with the dems fine. we the people know where you sit.

    February 1, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  25. joe cayouette

    No the two parties are obsolete. We need a voter revolt to put Independents in office.

    February 1, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  26. mschmorl

    I agree with Dan below – the Republicans only care about themselves. They hide behind religion and our flag. What ever happened to "Do unto others..."?

    February 1, 2010 at 3:27 am |
  27. Dan Barrett

    The Republicans will never compromise because their party is more important to them than their country. Our law makers took an oath to defend and protect the constitution of the U.S. yet they stand with groups who would spit on it. The white power signs and the secession from the unoin signs at their recent rallys depict them as people who are in direct conflict with their OATH. It is hopeless to think they might compromise and do whats right for the country.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  28. Jack

    Yes

    It is sad!

    January 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  29. Ron Howerton

    Obsolete, no, but bi-partisan cooperation has been hamstrung by a GOP that refuses to compromise on anything. Republicans talk about bi-partisanship because they know the appearance of cooperation placates some who decry DC gridlock. But in reality GOP politicians do not practice what they preach; dragging their feet, encouraging dischord at town hall meetings, and diseminating blatantly false information (death panels, anyone?) are not examples of bi-partisan cooperation. It's little wonder Americans are disillusioned with the lack of progress!

    January 28, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  30. lets get real

    they will never learn stupidty dems and republicans .they just dont get it we will keep voting change until we get some honest people up in washington not all these party seeking self indulging narcacist who pray on the weak and poor .if scariing them with the second admendment they will just starve them to death or better yet they will mess with medicare and medicaid so that many more will die because they fail to make changes to support the citizens and doctors and other health care professionals.big insurance companies like the banks and wall street fill their pockets with money.shame on washington no president has a chance for survival up there.they must stop the bickering and politicing and be an american again not a party

    January 28, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  31. Jonathan K.

    Now we need to pull together as Americans as President Obama said when he was elected and stop these games that we are playing with the parties not agreeing with each other and find a solution quick because our main concern should be getting all of us back to work and not trying to agrue with each other. For us as americans we do not care about who does what or who says what it shouldn't matter that you guys don't agree with each other the point should be that you do want to change the economy. Take a trip down the streets of America and see if people really care who passes what. You know what you will find people that want to work and people that don't want to have their basic needs such as food water and homes taken away from them all because the congress and the goverement and the white house can't agree. We don't have time for you guys to agrue with each other we need a fix.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  32. mark

    The preamble to the constiution gives us(the people)the right to abolish the government,If we find its not working.Its time,dont you think? POLITICIANS ARE SUPPOSE TO DO WHATS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY NOT THE PARTY.It's not about bragging rights.I' am afraid the U.S is walking down the path to third world country status.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  33. Dale K Smith

    what other side Robert? there is no side, but for the people! the two stupid Parties arent opposing teams they are Supposed to work together for the Good of us people! neither party by themselves really ever up to doing what is right...

    January 26, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  34. Robert

    Bipartisanship is what you call it when you need help from the other side.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  35. Boomer in Mo

    The country is going to die anyway, so why worry about two dysfunctional political parties. We are now the United States of Giant Corrporations and the middle class, working poor, retirees will all be relegated to the poorest of the poor by business.l Don't like what you see in the third world? Get used to it. That's us in about 10 years.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  36. KenXP

    I think the biggest flaw with our current government is that our two-party system is so divided. It's the "us against them" mentality rather than "lets work together" to find the answers. I think much more could get done if the congress was split, say 50-50. This would FORCE bipartisanship. No more of this democrat vs republican plans, but instead, whatever plan was put out (health care, stimulus, etc) would be a COMBINED effort. Unfortunately, I think the reality is that a 50-50 congress would just mean nothing would get done. :(

    January 25, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  37. William Stafford

    The U.S.A. is in trouble. Why? Our elected government officials can't see the forest for the trees,
    The American people come together everyday to accomplish the impossible.
    Our elected officials can't. They have problems with greedy, corrupt egos trying to be heroes for their political party. There are no heroes. They are elected and paid to do a job for the American people so they need to get off the high horse and do their job like the rest of us working Americans.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  38. smith

    The president has been reaching across the isle from day one. It seems that any republican that tries to work with the democrats gats clobbered fron the republican base. I would hope they are working for the people and not against us but it does not seem so.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  39. u2canfail

    Democracy only works when the parties work together. Compromise is democracy at it's best. I do not see that anymore. Not even rational debate/discussion. We have gridlock and that is good for no one in America. No, as a statement for everything, is not a realistic answer in our system. The system will fail, it is failing.

    The GOP is not the party in power, they need to work with those with the most seats. It is actually the right thing to do. Those other Senators and Congressmen were elected by actual voters. When they are in power, it is the DEMs that work with them. That is Democracy at it's best. We, the people benefit from a working Congress.

    I believe the President did his best to help this happen. I think the GOP decided early to just say NO to everything Obama. I remember a statement to that effect. For me, it means the GOP is no longer a party, simply an obstruction to Democracy in America.

    Yes, I am mad, but I am mad our system is not working. But I am not mad at Obama. He tried to work with the other side, they have failed. The GOP in the past had some gutts, there was a group at one time that called some right wing nut cases what they were, people with an agenda, not in the American interest, yup and they called out the John Birch Society. They are hosting what GOP function this year, Birch is back? McCain you said Obama was good man, during the election, now you are silent, when tea baggers carry a "hitlerbama image". You say this never happened in Congress before, not allowing fillibuster, sir, you lie, you actually did it yourself. Check the tape.

    Having the alarmist statements from idiots with no basis in fact is just sad. Death panels, socialism, Hitler? Obama is not even a citizen, this is all too much. "W", I called him "King George", but I always knew he was President, even when he sent my son to Iraq. Torture, spying on citizens, these were not my wish or agenda. He was not my idea of a President. These folks, TEA BAGGERS would love Hitler, (no wonder they carry his image), he ruled with absolute authority, no compromise, and killed any who got in his way. It seems to be what the TEA Party movement does best. And they have no answers, their ideas have no basis in fact. The Tea BAGGERS seem to love idiots, who deal in made up stuff, not fact. Palin, well she was not elected. Bachman was elected, but by whom? Fact check anything she ever says. Rush I am truely sorry you have health care and money.

    I went to a health care forum, I am sad to say. It was just TEA BAGGERS yelling down anything that did not meet with their approval. And the argument given to me by the lady in line, simply doesn't make sense. Family of 5, she has insurance through her company, her husband has none, her grandchildren, living with her were all on CHIPs. When I said that is a government program, she started screaming, it is not, it is state. Is the state government and it is a federally helped program. By the way her parents on Medicare, another government program, she said is NOT. They do pay for it, but at pennies on the thousand dollars, it is a Federal Government Program. As for her husband, she cannot afford to place him on her coverage, too expensive, but he can go to the ER for free. That ER supported by more government $$$. What on earth is she yelling about? She is on the government dole bigtime, and is screaming about government plans.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  40. strickinmiss

    Until we get some new bipartisans, if it ain't dead, it's seriously wounded.

    January 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  41. america the loser

    politicians are for themselves and getting more and more money.they have all forgotten the people. they are richer than the average americans.for instance hilary begged for more contributions and she she had 100 million ,the rnc always begging when they are not trying to scare the public and they had it all but their promises lies just like demos..we need some robin hoods and forrest grumps and a few george washingtons.until america wakes up and starts voting all these phonies out we lose they can not work together all they want is your money look at sarah palin and her tea party how many real people have 350.00 a another hilary joke .my hope we all wake up soon and see them all for what they are gold diggers trying to get rich off the working mans back.there are not many true americans in washington anymore just politians.we wanted a change but just got more of the same they work for their party not for the people any more.

    January 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  42. ronvan

    Wouldn't it be nice to see our "elected officials" actual get along and make some good decisions for "WE the people"? NOT, going to happen! These old "senior, fuddy duddy" guys, that are having problems even talking straight will brow beat, manipulate, threaten, the most honest to make them "conform" to old politics & forget WE the little people! Except for a few I would love to see ALL of these children thrown out and we start over! It wouldn't be any worse than what we have now.

    January 23, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  43. RICHARD D. DUFFY

    This is my briefest response ever–I totally agree with Daniel.
    I also suggest we impeach the Pied Piper and his band of progressives and radicals.

    January 23, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  44. Ed D

    As long as there are people who believe the left is disorganized and incapable, and as long as there are other who believe the right is simply the party 'no' and bigots, then we will never be a union. People need to wake up and get beyond the parties so they can see the people. The right and the left have some great people in D.C.. Unfortunately we have a lot of haters in our country who will always need to blame a party for the failures of the people. More people are going to lose their seat this year. I just hope we vote for the best choice based on the person and not a politcal affiliation. Wake up people.

    January 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  45. Spencer W. Morgan

    There's a difference between "Bi-Partisanship" and "non-partisanship".

    "Bi-partisanship" is when the two socialist parties get together to accomplish the 98% of BAD ideas that they agree on, and to protect each other from blame or the ideas of limited government which they both want to avoid.

    "Non-Partisanship" means voting on the basis of principle without respect to party. Its why the 99% of the Republicans have no credibility now when denouncing Obama's "Socialism" since they supported the same garbage when Bush did it.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  46. Dirk Peddler

    As a democrat, I hope Scott Brown does a heck of a lot more then the bipartisan promises our current president made. But then again, once they are elected they do whatever floats their boat, right Obama?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  47. ADS Seattle

    Not obsolete, just dead for now. Both sides are so filled with self rightous rancor that there is no effort to take a breath and just listen to what the other side has to say. That's why we have nothing but a constant din of people talking over one another. It really reflects our society.

    We really all ought to pay attention to the powers that are dictating the political discourse, cause it ain't you and me. It's BIG: banks, insurance, oil, pharma and any other institution with the resources to buy influence in DC. Our time as a representative republic is rapidly coming to a close. We the people are now the sheep being led by Big Brothers. George Orwell almost got 1984 right. He predicted the government would rule. Instead its the US Chamber of Commerce and its constituent members who will spare no expense (and now with the Supreme's blessing) to see that its objectives are met in DC.

    Is there anyone left in DC who is beyond the temptation of endless campaign contributions? I don't think so. I am 56. I have voted in every election since 1972. However, I now find myself asking whether it is worth the effort and $.44 stamp. The SOBs in DC will do what big biz wants anyway, so whether they are dems or republicans really makes no difference.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  48. rebekah

    Wow Ric.. I couldn't have said that better. It is pretty disgusting what these people "who have public funded health care by the way"" have sunk to.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  49. Ric

    I noticed that Carol Costello left out in th written aritcle her swipe at President Obama where she implied that he didn't actually reach out to Republicans as he said he would during the campaign. Ms. Costello's comment was un-professional and showed her bias against the Obama adminsitration.

    Remember the President did reach to Republicans on Health Care only to be hit with chants of "Death Panels" and "Socialism". In the State of the Union address, he was called a Liar on national television by a Republican. Never in the history of the US has one party sunk so low as to call the sitting President a liar on national TV. Even President Nixon was given more respect and he had already commited a crime against Americans.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  50. Alex Wiedmann

    There can not be bipartisanship in Congress as long as the goal of the Republican Party is to defeat Barack Obama. It seems they don't care at all what happens to the American people as long as Obama does not get reelected. How else can you explain not one Republican voting for the Health/Insurance Reform Bill. They had a chance to inject their ideas but all they did was slow things down and be negative. Now they forgot they had their chance and claim they never had a say. All Americans are not as dumb as they think.

    January 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  51. Steve in Mass

    The difference between the Media, Executive, Legislative , and Judicial and individuals. Governments/media don't care, individuals do.

    January 22, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  52. frank

    This guy got nerves, it will be interesting to find out how he does in the long run. We have seen many come and go.

    January 22, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  53. JB

    The only plan the Republicans have is tax breaks for the rich, and no to everything else.

    January 22, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  54. Ed Truncale

    I must admit, my first reaction to Scott Browns win was one of disappointment. I was thinking in terms of the healthcare bill only. This morning I was reading the editorial page of the Philadelphia Inquirer and a reader wrote in referring to Anarchy in the Making. He referred to me, mister middle of the road, as a one of an unknown number of malcontents called independents that are slowi\ly taking over the voting booths. No loyalty, switch parties like underwear, yada yada yada. It made me stop and think. I never heard Mr. Scott speak, I had no idea what his stands were on anything other than healthcare. I knew nothing of this man. I will bet dollars to doughnuts the reader hadn't either. The two on two basketball game gave me pause. I can only hope the Mr Scott will be one of the unknown number of malcontents called "independents" slowly (very slowly) taking over Congress. Best wishes Senator Scott, give em hell!

    January 22, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  55. Dale Wenzel

    Are you serious??? Where is the "moderation" in Teri's and Harry's comments???

    January 22, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  56. Tony

    It seems to me that election after election we end up with the same results. Voters send their representative to DC in hopes of changing the tone and getting things done. The lobbiest and special interest are there waiting with open arms to buy them off and influence their decions. In no time flat the new representatives fall in line, they forget the needs of the people that elected them and we end up with the usual partisan gridlock.
    At this point I'm not hopeful that things are going to improve in Washington anytime soon. If
    anything, given the supreme court decsion yesterday to allow corperate money into the election process, it will probably get worse before it gets better.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  57. Dale Wenzel

    Bipartisanship has two meanings. For republicans it means drawing up legislation that both side can agree upon– and PASS. For dems it means republican CAPITULATION and passing legislation that they come up with sans repub. input.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  58. Roman, Butler, Pa

    Good Morning guys.

    I was an Independent years ago, but I had to make a choice between the two party system. I did not like the Republicans cause of their ideology that they were holier then thou. So I became a Democrat. And, I even ran for state office. I got to taste the vinegar of government.

    I've never voted strictly for one party. Not my style. But, it's not whether or not I was a Democrat that turned my stomach for politics. It was the influence of special interest. And that is what makes the Supreme Court ruling so dangerous to America. The individual is left without representation. Individuals are being forced to choose sides, when it is not about choosing sides but rather how to move a country forward so that your children and mine has a representative government for all people.

    You know as well as I do that Multi National Corporations have much more resources to effect policy than the unions or individuals.

    I don't mind Scott Brown winning Ted Kennedy's seat. The problem which he will face is the decision of the Supreme Court to give so much power and influence to effect policy and more to the point, elections to mega corporations.

    The same goes for these Mega Churches, they might as well be Mega Corporations.

    What is wrong with people that they are so drunk on power and greed?

    I know there are good people in government, but corrupt decisions by the Supreme Court makes it even harder for these good men to have a voice for the people.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  59. Ralph Patch

    I don't know why you people in the media don't get a room with Brown. Keep your love fest private. He appears to have single-handedly killed health care which means I will continue to have NO COVERAGE, yet you treat him like some rock star. You all make me sick!

    January 22, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  60. RusRus

    Its ironic how the media never brings up corporate affiliations of politicians, but then of course I wouldn't expect anything less from a bought and paid for media.

    Journalists used to be the peoples tool for keeping politicians honest, now they are just a bunch of "pundints" representing their own agendas. It is so obvious a monkey could see trough it, too bad the average american is way dumber then a monkey.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  61. catherine robison

    I can't begin to stress enough how sick I am of our leaders behaving like spoiled brats & failing to do the peoples work! I wish we could fire every last one of them & start over. They do not care about we the people!! President Obama is the only one trying to do something good for us, and he can't get any help. SHAME SHAME SHAME on our Congress & the Supreme Court!!

    January 22, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  62. Steven

    The Democrats had this so called "super majority" and then couldn't do a darn thing to implement their agenda. The Republicans have shown by their actions over the last decade that they have no clue as to what bipartisanship is. I am disgusted with both parties and both ideologies. They are both harming our nation in ways that we will probably never recover from. All this has done is divide the people that follow both these parties to develop such a violent hate for the other side that we are now sitting on a powder keg that will blow very, very soon. We have already had one civil war that almost destroyed this nation, I doubt we can another and still be a democracy.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  63. Mort

    What most people in Washington do not understand is that Americans do not send a democrat or republican to congress to push a party position; we send a person to represent us who seems to agree with a position or a set of goals that we have. Most candidates, once they win, set off down the road to line their own pockets or push a party position; not what we hired them for. What does it all mean? It means that NO ONE is safe in Washington and I expect that Americans will continue to vote out incumbents who are self serving. I personally will be writing in Yogi bear during the Midterm elections. If he wins, he can’t do any worse than the greedy self-serving people who walk the halls in Washington today. Perhaps we should take the passports from everyone in congress and ship them off to Iran. This will help slow down any of Iran’s dreams of having a nuclear weapon by decades!

    January 22, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  64. Clint Cheveallier

    I've never understood how Congress ever expects to reach any level of bi-partisanship when they always begin their work in their respective "corners", become entrenched in their "party line", publicize their party's position in the media, then seek the other party's cooperation.

    Why not begin on a bi-partisanship basis to begin with, build some level of consensus, then grow that to a higher level together? That would be leadership rather than what we have now. It will never work to try bi-partisanship at the end of the task. It has to be done at the beginning.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  65. Den

    As an independent, I just want politicians to do what is right for the people, be it the majority like on healthcare or civil rights for any minorities. I feel most Americans are very tired of too many politicians and some 24-hour news channels trying to polarize our populace. What happened to "United We Stand?"

    January 22, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  66. Mike Lambers

    I have to push the "Who Cares" button on this topic. What's so surprising that the Millionaire's Club members are friendly to each other?

    The Electorati attacks their partisan pals on the other side of the aisle when the cameras are rolling, then they all have a big laugh about it later on behind closed doors, when they plan their next controversy.

    Any good actor knows there is no drama without conflict. Conflict keeps the spotlights on so that the players and their parties promote their respective brands.

    There are exceptions, however, When Arlen Specter steps over the line by telling Michele Bachmann to act like a lady, he may be creating controversy, but he's not doing his brand any favors.

    I did get a kick out of the photo opps yesterday featuring Scott Brown new colleagues like Harry Reid. His presence was "tolerated", as the new kid on the block, and the Health Care Reform spoiler.

    But eventually, Scott will be accepted into the club and he will have to decide if he wants to come over to the dark side or stick to the principles that got him elected.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  67. Mark

    Let me get this get right...going to war to find "weapons of mass destruction" = good....However healthcare for All americans = bad?

    I dont see anything positive when elections are about popularity contests for the pretty among us.

    Get ready for president Palin and more ridicule by the rest of the world.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  68. Daniel

    Wow, CNN is still trying to understand why Brown won and essentially, Obama, lost in Mass... and you say 'bipartisanship'? how convenient. you still refuse to acknowledge that the Obama agenda is unpopular? You still refuse to acknowledge that Democrats have large majorities in the Congress and White House and therefore control the political discourse?

    The Dems are responsible for this... they wasted 9 months arguing amongst themselves over healthcare instead of working to help stimulate job growth.

    Can you please just drop your own ideological agenda and smell the coffee?

    January 22, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  69. Harry in Texas

    Come on give us a break...bipartisanship in DC? We are witnessing the demise of legislation to protect the less fortunate of us from the excesses of the "health-care" industry. The party of NO will do anything to stop the administration from being successful - even if that means denying affordable health care for our citizens. Look for more partisanship not less.

    If Brown wants to keep his seat, he had better toe the Cornyn line or he will find himself wiothout support from the GOP (Grand Old Primates) come six years.

    January 22, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  70. Teri Standiford

    More & more every day I am saddened & frustrated by the congress & senate for their attitudes, while the people in our country are ferociously struggling to survive those people are just thinking about what it is in it for them & their pocketbooks & not what is best for the people- we have to balance our budgets with the little bit we are surviving on, why can't they get organized & figure out what would be the best for the rest of us. Are they so out of touch with us because their pockets are full from the special interests? The Republicans just say no to everything because they don't want President Obama to make it & the Democrats play petty games to benefit their own districts & don't care about the rest of the U.S.A. Things can't turn around unless they start working together & if they don't I say lets get rid of the whole bunch & vote in people who care!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  71. Bryan

    I am disappointed at the politics in Washington, and furthermore in the country in general. Have people forgotten that this is the UNITED STATES of America? We should all be working together to make this country better. Instead all I see are party battles for power. No one wants to work together, and seem to get more hostile at the idea of it. And sadly the American people suffer each day for party politics they condone by drawing the same battle lines with their votes. To be honest neither party has any idea what it's doing to properly run government alone. Each only has pieces of effectiveness that require the other party's pieces to get meaningful work done.

    Is this the message that we want to send to the world watching our democracy as an example of what it should be? I hope not. If this is the message we want to send, democracy will fail everywhere we try to spread it. It's time for these politicians to step up and say my country is more important than my party.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  72. Steven Ulrich

    The relationship between Democrats and Republicans that so frustrates the voting public is depicted in an old balck and white cartoon titled Mouseland. Mouseland is the work of Thomas Douglas, a former member of the the Canadian Parliment. Share this cartoon with your viewers Carol.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  73. Jamie

    Sounds to me that all the Senators need to go out on a wilderness outing and do some group and trust building excercises. Could you imagine them bunking together and doing the falling back/catching trust game?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:42 am |