Mr. Bipartisan, President Obama, apparently hasn't done much to reach out to Republican Senators about getting his second term agenda passed and when I say hasn't done much, I mean hasn't done anything at all. More from POLITICO:
President Barack Obama will need Republican senators to pass his ambitious agenda — and the White House has even identified the top prospects.
But after months of buildup and a week since his State of the Union address, key aides on the Hill and at the White House acknowledge that even GOP senators who fit Obama’s vision of bipartisanship — Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — are all waiting to hear anything from the president.
The GOP senators who seem most promising to fill this role have their own political prospects at home to worry about — and 2014 reelection bids that they’re hoping won’t go the way of Charlie Crist, whose own 2010 Senate bid was sunk in large part due to one hug he shared with the president.
Still, they’d like to have a conversation. Or at least get a phone call. And with the president’s whole agenda on the line, they’re surprised that hasn’t happened yet.
“I view this as a time to turn the page and take a fresh approach from both the White House and the congressional perspective and try to work together on these difficult political issues that have to be addressed,” said Portman, who’s seen as a potential partner on fiscal issues and is still waiting to hear from Obama. “Doing it at the level of our leadership and the president hasn’t worked.”
Maybe Obama will call after he gets home from his vacation in Florida.
|Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is also the author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up.
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