Democrats + Republicans = Compromise?

jenny erikson
Jenny Erikson
The red Republican wave took over the country this past Tuesday (with the exception of California) with the GOP taking back the House of Representatives, several Senate seats, a plethora of governorships, and many local offices.

Nancy Pelosi is going to have to come up with a new twitter handle, as @SpeakerPelosi is no longer apropo.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid narrowly escaped retirement with his win over Tea Party- and Sarah Palin-endorsed Sharron Angle in Nevada, and is now calling for both parties to work together. He told the Today show that Republicans and Democrats need to "build a consensus and move this country along."


President Obama also called for unity between the two parties. He told reporters on Wednesday, "I think John Boehner and I and Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are going to have to sit down and work together."

It's funny how liberals want to compromise and work together only when they've lost the upper hand. Just last month, Obama referred to Americans who don't agree with his ideology as "enemies,"/ and told Republicans they could come along for the ride, but they had to sit in the back. Harry Reid insulted Hispanic Republicans, implying that they must be stupid if they choose conservatism over liberalism. Because, you know, they're not individual people capable of making their own choices -- they're just another voting block.

In addition to accusations and name-calling, Democrats don't exactly have a long history of willingness to work with Republicans. This past summer, they refused to compromise over unemployment benefits. Harry Reid himself rejected the deal, refusing to pass a bill that wouldn't add to the deficit. And who can forget all the closed-door deals during the health care debate? What about that $819 billion stimulus bill that passed the house without a single Republican vote? These things don't exactly scream of a party that is interested in bipartisanship.

Just three years ago, Harry Reid flat-out stated for the record, "We're not going to compromise."/ 

The proof is in the pudding. Democrats don't want compromise. Republicans shouldn't give it.

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