Bipartisanship Amid ‘the Charred Ruins of American Prosperity’

Calling it “obvious” that “promises to get beyond partisanship are the most perfunctory sort of campaign rhetoric, almost as empty as the partisanship itself,” the latest from Thomas Frank (Wall Street Journal, 2/18/09) explains the corporate media’s fetish for bipartisanship: For the Beltway commentariat, however, transcending partisanship is the most meaningful of issues, more important, one senses, than the economic problems that trouble those people at town-hall meetings. “Nothing was more central to [Obama’s] victory last fall than his claim that he could break the partisan gridlock in Washington,” wrote the Washington Post‘s David Broder a few weeks ago, in […]