Biden’s praise of compromise rings hollow

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Biden's praise of compromise rings hollow

By John Ruberry

Last Wednes­day in a Rose Gar­den cer­e­mony Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, with Pres­i­dent Obama at his side, announced that he will not be a can­di­date for pres­i­dent in 2016, although he cer­tainly sounded like one.

And Biden her­alded art of com­pro­mise in his address.

I believe we have to end the divi­sive par­ti­san pol­i­tics that is rip­ping this coun­try apart. And I think we can. It’s mean-​spirited. It’s petty. And it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe, like some do, that it’s naïve to talk to Repub­li­cans. I don’t think we should look at Repub­li­cans as our ene­mies. They are our oppo­si­tion; they’re not our ene­mies. And for the sake of the coun­try, we have to work together.

Elo­quent words. But as hol­low as a carved pumpkin.

The def­i­n­i­tion of com­pro­mise that con­tem­po­rary Democ­rats believe in is that they hold fast to their posi­tions while call­ing on Repub­li­cans to change their stands. If they don’t lib­er­als label them obstruc­tion­ists or worse. Exam­ples? Obama has called his polit­i­cal oppo­nents “hostage tak­ers” and “ene­mies.” His still-​unpopular Oba­maCare law was passed by Con­gress with no Repub­li­can votes.

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Prior to his elec­tion as pres­i­dent Obama was a US sen­a­tor from Illi­nois, nom­i­nally rep­re­sent­ing me in Wash­ing­ton. His pre­de­ces­sor was Peter Fitzger­ald, a Repub­li­can. Like Obama, Fitzger­ald moved up from the Illi­nois state Sen­ate to to the US Capi­tol and for two years he served with the future pres­i­dent in Springfield.

Here’s what Fitzger­ald said about Obama’s state Sen­ate days in 2008.

He was a very par­ti­san and ide­o­log­i­cal Demo­c­rat who rep­re­sented a dis­trict that really was prob­a­bly 90 per­cent Demo­c­rat, and cer­tainly I saw him as reflec­tive of his dis­trict in that he was just one of those state sen­a­tors from Chicago who viewed the Demo­c­ra­tic party as being right 100 per­cent of the time and the Repub­li­can party wrong 100 per­cent of the time. He’s not one to work across party lines.

Yet in last week’s Rose Gar­den speech, Biden par­roted the myth that his boss believes that “com­pro­mise is not a dirty word.”

But in real­ity Obama has his own def­i­n­i­tion of what com­pro­mise and that is “I win and you lose.”

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Last Wednesday in a Rose Garden ceremony Vice President Joe Biden, with President Obama at his side, announced that he will not be a candidate for president in 2016, although he certainly sounded like one.

And Biden heralded art of compromise in his address.

I believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. And I think we can. It’s mean-spirited. It’s petty. And it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe, like some do, that it’s naïve to talk to Republicans. I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are our opposition; they’re not our enemies. And for the sake of the country, we have to work together.

Eloquent words. But as hollow as a carved pumpkin.

The definition of compromise that contemporary Democrats believe in is that they hold fast to their positions while calling on Republicans to change their stands. If they don’t liberals label them obstructionists or worse. Examples? Obama has called his political opponents “hostage takers” and “enemies.” His still-unpopular ObamaCare law was passed by Congress with no Republican votes.

Illinois state capitol
Illinois state capitol, Springfield

Prior to his election as president Obama was a US senator from Illinois, nominally representing me in Washington. His predecessor was Peter Fitzgerald, a Republican. Like Obama, Fitzgerald moved up from the Illinois state Senate to to the US Capitol and for two years he served with the future president in Springfield.

Here’s what Fitzgerald said about Obama’s state Senate days in 2008.

He was a very partisan and ideological Democrat who represented a district that really was probably 90 percent Democrat, and certainly I saw him as reflective of his district in that he was just one of those state senators from Chicago who viewed the Democratic party as being right 100 percent of the time and the Republican party wrong 100 percent of the time. He’s not one to work across party lines.

Yet in last week’s Rose Garden speech, Biden parroted the myth that his boss believes that “compromise is not a dirty word.”

But in reality Obama has his own definition of what compromise and that is “I win and you lose.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.