President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have more support from the American public on their efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill than do congressional Republicans who oppose it
My own singularly informal and utterly unscientific polling shows much the same results-- We The People know we're in the deep and stinky, and are looking to the Democrats to help pull us back out.
I, like many others, supported the President's efforts at bipartisanship, but as John Cole over at Baloon Juice put it, "I really don’t understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane."
Democrats have got to understand-- it is in the Republicans' best interests (in the narrow, partisan, power-hungry sense of their interests) to force the American economy into a deep depression.
That way they can say, "See, the DemonRATS couldn't get it done, elect us and we'll bring back prosperity by cutting taxes again!"
It is time and past time to put paid to this Republican nonsense. The fact of the matter is that they will scream, shout, demand, and generally pitch a bitch to get their "ideas" (yes, I use the term VERY loosely) into the bill, then they'll vote against it anyway.
Mr. President, I know you're not reading this teeny little blog, but if you were I'd tell you it's time to go to the mattresses with these people. Use your bully pulpit and your world-reknowned communications skillz to tell this story to the American people. The Republicans aren't interested in post-partisanship or bi-partisanship; they're interested ONLY in power for their party.
They really need to get beat down.