Iraq: When “Everyone” Is Wrong Together No One Faces Consequences

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 7:44 am

On the tenth anniversary of the war in Iraq it is worth remembering how many people were deeply wrong. Top politicians in both parties, administration officials, reporters, columnists, and even many bloggers. They were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction, about the links to Al-Qaeda, and about how quickly the war would end. Over [...]

What the Sequester Fight Shows About the Bipartisan Fetish

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 9:24 am

The sequester was created in the most bipartisan way possible. It was a proposal from a Democratic President to find a way around an impasse with House Republicans that both sides each believed would eventually advance their long-term agendas. It was approved by a Republican House, a Democratic Senate and signed by a Democratic President. [...]

Good Bye and Good Riddance to Big Bipartisan Deals

By: Monday January 30, 2012 12:53 pm

On the front of Politico is an article about how the big bipartisan deals that used to be relatively common in Congress now appear to be a thing of the past. From Politico: Call it the Split the Difference Scenario — a dream of Washington at its civic-minded best that has flourished for decades, even [...]

Leadership in Both Parties Support More War – Bipartisanship Lives

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 12:17 pm

There are few things the leaders of our two major political parties will work together on, but keeping America fighting wars is surely one of them.

Patriot Act Vote Reminds Us How Bipartisanship Undermines Accountability

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:14 am

Now, ten years after 9/11, with Osama bin Laden dead, in a broad bipartisan vote, the United States Senate moved forward with another extension of the “temporary” Patriot Act. The vote was 74-8. Both the support and the very limited opposition to this extension were near-even slits along party lines; true bipartisan efforts. As a [...]

McConnell Admits Bipartisanship is About Subverting Accountability

By: Friday May 13, 2011 10:07 am

This quote from Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell about why Democrats and Republicans should seek a “grand bargain” is one of the most honest and revealing statements about the problem with our political system. Via David Weigel: This was the year after the bipartisan agreement between Reagan and O’Neill raised the retirement age for [...]

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