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GOP Senators Wait For Obama Outreach (LOL)

From the Politico:

GOP senators waiting for President Obama’s outreach

By REID J. EPSTEIN | February 18, 2013

President Barack Obama will need Republican senators to pass his ambitious agenda — and the White House has even identified the top prospects.

But after months of buildup and a week since his State of the Union address, key aides on the Hill and at the White House acknowledge that even GOP senators who fit Obama’s vision of bipartisanship — Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — are all waiting to hear anything from the president.

Poor dumb saps!

Obama has to have legislative partners involved from the outset to give other Senate Republicans, and eventually their colleagues in the House, cover on passing immigration reform, gun control legislation and fiscal reforms to avoid the sequester. The same goes for getting the new universal preschool programs he promised last week, or even his longer-shot bid to get Congress to take action on climate change proposals.

But the GOP senators who seem most promising to fill this role have their own political prospects at home to worry about — and 2014 reelection bids that they’re hoping won’t go the way of Charlie Crist, whose own 2010 Senate bid was sunk in large part due to one hug he shared with the president.

Still, they’d like to have a conversation. Or at least get a phone call. And with the president’s whole agenda on the line, they’re surprised that hasn’t happened yet.

This would be laughable, if it wasn’t so pathetic.

“I view this as a time to turn the page and take a fresh approach from both the White House and the congressional perspective and try to work together on these difficult political issues that have to be addressed,” said Portman, who’s seen as a potential partner on fiscal issues and is still waiting to hear from Obama. “Doing it at the level of our leadership and the president hasn’t worked.”

Obama’s shift to a permanent campaign, GOP senators and aides say, may help boost his case for the 2014 midterms, but it’s not helpful to making deals now…

Compromises don’t work in campaigns.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “GOP Senators Wait For Obama Outreach (LOL)”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Obama’s presidency resembles that picture of a trashed Washington Mall.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Longshanks – “We’ll give them lands and titles if they’ll sell out their people and quit fighting me.”

  3. geronl says:

    Why should he call them? If he ignores them they will negotiate with themselves until they approve whatever he wants.

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