Reaching Across The Aisle; Pulling Back A Bloody Stump

Update: Regarding Bi-PUMA…look, Rahm is down wid it: “Mr. Emanuel owned up to one mistake: message. What he called the outside game slipped away from the White House last week, when the president and others stressed bipartisanship rather than job creation as they moved toward passing the measure. White House officials allowed an insatiable desire in Washington for bipartisanship to cloud the economic message a point coming clear in a study being conducted on what went wrong and what went right with the package, he said.”

He’s right. This “Bi-Partisanship” is for suckers. Use your mandate.

Is the Judd Gregg nomination fiasco enough now to convince President Obama that trying to make nice with Republigoats is an absurdly futile gesture, one that, indeed, will have you pulling back a bloody stump from having attempted to reach across the aisle?

This is the political risk you take when you offer a cabinet post to a Republigoat. It is worth asking whether or not Gregg accepted the nomination specifically to spurn it a week or so down the road to offer President Obama massive obstruction, a big political embarrassment, and a completely wasted vetting process. Or, is this question too cynical?

Maybe not. Our friends at The Left Coaster provide a terrific before-and-after shot of the erstwhile presumptive Commerce Secretary:

Judd Gregg, February 3rd:

“This is not a time when we should stand in our ideological corners and shout at each other. This is a time to govern and govern well. It was my obligation to say yes.”

Judd Gregg, today:

“(I)t has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the census there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”

Was Gregg not aware on Feb. 3 that Democrats and Republigoats generally disagree about the utility of government spending? If he wasn’t, he ought to be wearing a helmet, 24/7. No, it’s not far off to state that the Feb. 3 Gregg may have been donning a sheep costume.

It is time for Democrats to start being Democrats, or, even better, to start being new and improved Democrats. “But that’s not all! We’ll throw in this handy spinal column!” Let’s see some hardball. Let’s see some political theater. Close down a few hearings a la Sensenbrenner. Hold a chair for a Republigoat and then pull it away when he’s about to sit. Whatever. But whatever we do, for gog’s sake, no more Republigoat nominees!