Why Is Bipartisanship Seen as Success?

From the Rapid City Journal comes the following:

Only a hint of bipartisanship in small business jobs bill

How difficult is it to get bipartisan support on major legislation in the U.S. Senate?

It’s so difficult that passing a bipartisan bill sometimes means winning the votes of two senators from the other party.

That’s what happened this week with the Small Business Jobs Act pushed by Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Democratic leaders in the Senate. The act passed an important hurdle Tuesday in a procedural vote of 61-37, which sent the legislation on to likely Senate passage in the coming days.

But Republican support for the bill has dwindled from an earlier 17-1 vote in a Senate committee where all but one Republican senator voted in favor. Republicans closed ranks after the committee vote, and it took Republicans Sens. George Voinovich of Ohio and George LeMieux of Florida to provide the two votes needed to pass the 60-vote filibuster test in the Senate this week.

Go and read it all.

Why is bipartisanship celebrated, even when it is not really there? It would seem that we have moved so far from absolute standards that we are more interested in having a filibuster-proof majority agree on something than we are on whether the thing agreed upon is legal, constitutional, or even–poor test, but we’ll use it–likely to help.

This is nuts. No matter how many people agree on a bad thing, it does not move it into the good column.

2 thoughts on “Why Is Bipartisanship Seen as Success?

  1. We boost bipartisanship only because partisans will shout about our “ramming things through Congress” and “not listening to the people” if we use a simple majority to pass the legislatino we have the right to pass as the majority.

    1. CAH,

      And twisting the arms of two senators so the bill can be bipartisan stops that from happening?

      I still believe the issue is that we are asking the wrong question. The question is not whether we can get any percentage (60, 80, 100) to agree to something, it is whether that which is being agreed to is in accordance with our Constitution.

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