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Posted by on Sep 16, 2009 in Politics | 6 comments

Bipartisanship – Compare and Contrast

I found this headline interesting, in the context of I do NOT recall ever seeing the like during the eight years of the administration of President George W. Bush:

White House To Meet With Anti-Abortion Activists Next Week

Did President George W. Bush ever meet with people who were in vocally public opposition to the policies and positions of his political base? I do not recall any…

It is the responsibility of we citizens to compare and contrast.

Cross-posted between Random Fate and The Moderate Voice.

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  • imavettoo

    The Republican definition of bi-partisanship & any given in an actual dictionary are polar opposites.

  • Leonidas

    Wouldn’t a more fair question be “Did the domestic policy advisors of Bush ever meet with people who were in vocally public opposition to the policies and positions of his political base?”

    The White House responded to Yoest, and she will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17 with President Obama’s domestic policy adviser and the director of the Domestic Policy Council, Melody Barnes, and White House director of public liaison Tina Tchen.

    Obama himself is not aparently meeting with them.

    Also if I recall Bush met with the National Urban league.

    Oh and he met with the NAACP leader despite a shaky relationship with that group.

    must have worked out ok because Bush addressed the NAACP in 2006

    Personally I don’t read to much into who politicians meet with on the opposition, its what they do as acts of office that matters to me. Anyone can do a photo-op.

  • Leonidas

    Oh BTW also of note on the subject:

    Obama Won’t Meet With Pro-Life Democrat to Discuss Abortion, Health Care

    Stupak, a Michigan congressman, told the conservative magazine that he has repeatedly asked for a meeting, or even a few minutes on the phone, with Obama but has been consistently refused.

    “I just jumped Rahm Emanuel again this morning” to ask for a meeting, Stupak said Thursday.

    Stupak says the White House may want to take him up on his offer because he says he still has enough votes to derail either the bill or the rules for debate on it, which would prevent the legislation from moving from the committee to the floor.

    “She knows better than that,” Stupak told the Weekly Standard about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thus far not allowing a vote on his amendment to truly ban all abortion funding from the bill.

    Rules Committee chairman Louise Slaughter has also commented that she doesn’t expect a vote on Stupak’s amendment.

    Stupak said the media has largely focused on the coalition of fiscally conservative Democrats who oppose the health care bill for financial reasons, but one of the major reasons HR 3200 may not be approved in its current form is because of Democrats who oppose the abortion funding found in it.

  • redbus

    Congressman Stupak’s anti-abortion stance will come at a price. If he should succeed in blocking the health care legislation over abortion, expect DailyKos and like-minded sites to be grooming a challenger for the Democratic primary. This is one area where the Dems brook no variance from the strict pro-abortion party line.

  • Leonidas

    And I have no problem with that, the Democrats are entitled to do just that. They just better remember that that particular district leans Republican.

  • adelinesdad

    President Bush advisors did meet with Cindy Sheehan:,2933,164981,00.html

    Excuse the link to fox news. I’m sure the story is entirely fabricated.

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