Say the word “bipartisan” and hopeful hearts go aflutter. Even in the worst of times, there is magical faith in the idea that our better angels will prevail and party lines will vanish if Washington puts America first.
Green shoots of the faith emerged in the White House soon after the GOP attempt to repeal ObamaCare crashed and burned. President Trump and aides excoriated some fellow Republicans and talked of working with Democrats to find a solution.
“I think if we had bipartisan [support], we could have a health care bill that would be the ultimate,” Trump said.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer was happy to say yes -- as long as Trump swallowed a poison pill. “Once the Republicans take repeal off the table, we’re willing to work with them,” he responded.
In other words, break your campaign promise, hand us victory and we’ll work together.
So much for bipartisanship in 2017. May it rest in peace.