Posts Tagged ‘Bipartisanship’

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

This past Monday, Feb 15,  2010, Sen. Evan Bayh D-IN announced he would NOT run for re-election in this upcoming year. The reason behind his shocking decision? Bahy inferred that DC is too cliquey. Or in more PC terms, completely devoid of bipartisan efforts. How bad has it gotten? According to a New York Times article, Bayh regards the system as “dysfunctional”.

Reacting the news, Joe Wilson R-SC took to Twitter to say: “Great news of Senator Bayh’s retirement, good prospects of change in Indiana has now become much brighter! I am happy for Hoosiers.”

Hm… maybe Bayh does have a point.
In recent years it does seem that the tug-of-war between the donkeys and elephants has gotten a little unruly. The two have even spread their fighting to the Internet. How fun for the political bloggers like myself.
Consider the drama following the Scott Brown win. Republicans took to their blogs/twitters/facebooks to offer their congratulations and maybe give a few stubtle jabs at the dems. Just look at Tom Ganley a republican currently running for the senate from Ohio. He posted a note on his Facebook to extend his, “personal congratulations to Scott”.
On a sidebar, it is equally interesting to note, Brown had a ton more followers/fans/group members  than Coakley on Twitter and FB, so maybe give social media a little credit in the win, eh.  
Across the ailse (or playground to beat that analogy to death) the dems are fighting back. Look at recent backlash about Tea Partier Sarah Palin after she wrote notes on her hand. Popular DC Gossip Blog Wonkette had this to say about it.
Flipping through Digg I found more Palin-bashing time. One was  an article on added by Daily Beast columnist John Avlon  author of the new book, “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.” When reading be sure to appreciate the zingers.
Also, like the Wonkette article, Avlon also uses “folksy” to describe Palin, which leaves me asking the age old question: is folksy the new maverick!? Only time will tell.
While I obviously don’t approve of the animosity, I will say I’m impressed at the way that everyone on the political spectrum is pulling together to use social media as it continues to change the face of politics.
But until everyone calms down a little, hopefully we can take a hint from the Flight of the Conchords and find a tea party we can all enjoy: