I'm no fan of Steny Hoyer, but I agree with his take on the media's obsession with bipartisanship.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Thursday dismissed Republican complaints about not being able to “write exactly half of every bill” as a “deeply elitist idea.”
Speaking at a forum sponsored by Georgetown University and Politico, Hoyer said the problem with fostering bipartisanship is that the understanding of bipartisanship is unrealistic.
“These days the conventional wisdom is that bipartisanship is not dead, but on life support. The debate now isn't what happened, but who killed it,” he said.
“But bipartisanship does not mean going out for drinks after the final gavel comes down.”
Hoyer then said that if Republicans could write half of every bill that would be "the kind of bipartisanship that would make elections irrelevant."
"It's a deeply elitist view if understood in that context," he added. "We're in the majority, so we have the power and responsibility to foster bipartisanship. But it takes two to tango."
The media has completely failed to hold Republicans responsible for their inabilty to work with the Obama administration. Never have their motives been questioned. When all the HOUSE/Limbaugh Republicans voted against the stimulus bill the media never looked at what they were doing politically. It was always labeled as Obama's fault. I remember when Republicans said that elections have consequences, but when it applies to them of course it's a non-starter.