Guess who wrote this.
"Genuine bipartisanship assumes an honest process of give-and-take, and that the quality of the compromise is measured by how well it serves some agreed-upon goal, whether better schools or lower deficits. This in turn assumes that the majority will be constrained -- by an exacting press corps and ultimately an informed electorate -- to negotiate in good faith.
"If these conditions do not hold -- if nobody outside Washington is really paying attention to the substance of the bill, if the true costs . . . are buried in phony accounting and understated by a trillion dollars or so -- the majority party can begin every negotiation by asking for 100% of what it wants, go on to concede 10%, and then accuse any member of the minority party who fails to support this 'compromise' of being 'obstructionist.'
"For the minority party in such circumstances, 'bipartisanship' comes to mean getting chronically steamrolled, although individual senators may enjoy certain political rewards by consistently going along with the majority and hence gaining a reputation for being 'moderate' or 'centrist.'"
As pointed out today in the WSJ by William McGurn, that was Barack Obama in his 2006 book "The Audacity of Hope". As McGurn correctly points out, he sounds (precisely) like a Republican complaining about the stimulus. (Obama even explains the motivations of those three RINOs, Collins, Snowe and Specter).
It should be clear by now, to anyone paying attention, that Obama is a fraud. (It was clear during the campaign too). All the talk about post-partisan, post racial, transparent, pragmatic, non-ideological, lobby-free governance is just so much misrepresentation (to use a civilized term). Obama is a typical liberal Democrat, Chicago machine politician in the pocket of every far left wing interest group that helped get him elected.
Surprise, surprise!! A veritable Bush-Cheney-Rove foreign policy position paper was advanced in the 2nd episode of "Foyle's War". The bad guys are Nazi sympathizing, anti-semitic British fascists opposed to their country's determination to resist Germany. Today we have Islamofascist sympathizing anti-semites (Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Michael Moore, Jimmy Carter, et al) opposed to America's determination to resist the terrorism of radical Islam. In the program, the pro-Nazis are shown to influence even good, well meaning people into questioning the justness of their government's cause. Foyle's own assistant, who lost a leg in an early skirmish of the war, begins to doubt the aggressive course his nation is taking. Our own 'useful idiots' are similarly swayed by arguments such as 'the power of the Israeli lobby over American politics' and 'no war for oil'.
A couple of other parallels to our current struggle -
An attempt is made to set up peace negotiations with Germany contrary to Britain government policy. The key perpetrator is arrested and charged with treason. (Hear that, Jimmy Carter?).
The fraudulant anti-Jewish tract, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", which even today is popular reading among Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, is used as propaganda by the pro-Nazis.