Peggy Noonan: GOP Unanimously Voting Against Stimulus Bill is All Obama’s Fault
…the president made a mistake by not forcing the creation of a bill Republicans could or should have supported.
Right, because after winning a greater share of the popular vote than Nooner’s beloved Gipper in 1980 — and presiding over increased Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate — what the electorate really secretly wanted from Obama out of the gate was a Republican bill.
Our hopeful, compelling new president shouldn’t have gone with this bill. He made news this week by going to the House to meet with Republicans. He could have made history by listening to them.
Here’s a little history.
After the House passed George W. Bush’s first big tax cuts in 2001, Nooners had a somewhat different view of bipartisanship:
This is the way it’s supposed to be, with division sharp, clear and meaningful.
There are two parties, and each believes in different things. The Democrats don’t want to cut federal taxes. They have their reasons. The Republicans want to cut taxes. They have their reasons too.
This is good. It’s not "Tweedledum and Tweedledee," and it’s not "There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them." It’s a choice, not an echo.
For some reason, Nooners no longer favors clear divisions and choices and, instead, prefers Tweedledum and Tweedledee.