TLP: Hey, Democrats, Not Totally Your Bad, But About That Bipartisanship Thing ...
This is a scenario The Lazy Paperboy completely gets: things are fucked up and maybe not all his fault, but, ahem, it is definitely his job to fix them.
CNN: (Fair warning: Clicking will subject you to Larry King and that old man pimp look he can't stop rocking.)
Two-thirds of Americans think that the Republicans in Congress are not doing enough to cooperate with President Obama, according to a new national poll.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey, released Wednesday, also indicates the public believes the Democrats should be the ones to take the first step toward bipartisan cooperation and they want the Democrats to give up more than the GOP to reach a consensus.
The number of people who say Republicans sort of don't give a shit is up by 6 points from April, so the GOP looks like slackers. Also up, and by a more significant 16 points, is the number of "respondents" who feel President Obama is not doing enough to get along. That's now at 52 percent, a result that shifts Obama to the downside of being helpful about things.
Keating Holland, whose country club-ready name gets lost in the juvenile giggles over his title as CNN's polling director, says Obama benefited last spring from not having been around long enough to have much expected of him. "Congressional Republicans were familiar to Americans," Holland said, "but Obama was new to them, so his early attempts to reach out to the GOP continued to resonate even after it became clear that bipartisanship was not within easy reach."
Health care, jobs, financial reform ... get on it, Democrats. We're waiting. That's the sentiment the poll found in 54 percent of Americans. And while you're at it, bend over. More than half of those, um, polled, (sorry, but it's right there) say the Democrats should be willing to give ground to make things work.
More from CNN:
"Americans feel the ball is in the Democrats' court," Holland added. "They may not be held responsible for the problem, but since they are in charge of the government, Americans appear to think they are responsible for the solution."
According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the government in this country is broken, but the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.
See? It's easy. Just hope.