It’s one thing to not know ancient history or even history of the centuries ago. But it is another to not remember the history of just a few decades ago:
There is much debate over President Reagan because we all think of him differently. And over time, history sweetens our memories. But no matter what policy disagreements you may have had with him, you have to admire his style of politics. He embodied a spirit of bipartisanship.
He was a conservative Republican, but he understood that in order to get anything done he had to work across the aisle, which he did very effectively.
Ah yes those halcyon days of yesteryear. Before we get all teary eyed over those days of love and peace let me bring you some numbers:
97th congress: 98th Congress 99th Congress 100th Congress
House 244-191 (D) House 272-163 (D) House 253-182 (D) House 258-177 (D)
Senate 53-47 (R) Senate 55-45 (R) Senate 53-47 (R) Senate 55-45 (D)
You might recall in the lame duck session with a new majority only pending the administration felt compelled to make a deal they didn’t like. Ronald Reagan in eight years never controlled the house and for at least 2 years did not have a majority in the senate to back him up. Reagan compromised with democrats on spending, tax cuts and treaties not because he loved bipartisanship but because he never had the votes to do anything else.
When Dianne Feinstein wishes for the age of bipartisanship, she is actually pining for the days of democratic control and a cowed conservatism. She counts on American’s ignorance of history to pull the deception off.