Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bipartisan Baloney Look at the Record: Democrats Are the Ones Who Won't Compromise

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bipartisan Baloney Look at the Record: Democrats Are the Ones Who Won't Compromise

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In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for which his eulogizers and friends claim he stood.

Dictionary.com defines bipartisan this way: "representing, characterized by, or including members from two parties or factions."

If only.

To Democrats and the left, bipartisanship is when Republicans give in to their demands and vote in favor of their legislation. Mr. McCain most famously did that when he first supported Obamacare and then cast the deciding vote against its repeal. Many conservatives viewed his vote as payback for President Donald Trump's criticism of him.

Can anyone recall when Democrats exhibited bipartisanship? Has a contemporary Democratic member of Congress voted to preserve human life in the womb at any stage? How many Democrats supported the Trump agenda of lower taxes? How many supported his overturning regulations that hampered business growth? Though both policies appear to be working, Democrats refuse to say so.

Republicans demonstrated more bipartisanship, which some have called "caving in" than Democrats and they have gotten nothing for it, certainly no favorable editorials from major newspapers and their columnists.

Examples abound. Here's just one. In 2015, under the Breitbart.com headline "(Senate Minority Leader Mitch) McConnell Caves, But (Majority Leader Harry) Reid, Wants Full Surrender From (Speaker John) Boehner As Well," there was this: "Republican leadership in the Senate is fully caving to the demands of Democratic lawmakers calling for a so-called "clean" Department of Homeland Security funding bill that leaves President [Barack] Obama's executive amnesty intact ..."

The several government "shutdowns" caused many Republicans to cave as Democrats and their media allies falsely claimed the elderly would be denied their Social Security checks and national parks would close.

Between the Reagan and Trump administrations, Republicans feared cutting taxes because of Democratic charges they were "insensitive" and hated government. …

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