Weiner Knocks Obama On Meeting With Republicans, Says Search For Bi-Partisanship Like Hunting For Unicorns

Yesterday, President Obama met with incoming House Speaker John Boehner and Senate G.O.P minority leader Mitch McConnell to find common

Yesterday, President Obama met with incoming House Speaker John Boehner and Senate G.O.P minority leader Mitch McConnell to find common ground.

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Last night, Anthony Weiner told The Politicker that such ground could not be found.

“I think that President Obama sees bipartisanship as an ends rather than a means,” he said. “We have kind of now seen for the last couple of years the Republicans see rank partisanship as a successful tactic. I may want there to be such a thing as a unicorn but it doesn’t mean I build my day around finding one.”

Weiner emerged as one of the leading House members encouraging the White House to take a more aggressive stance during the health care debate, but he has taken on a more heated tone after the Democrats were swept out of power in 2010, and started to turn some of his fire on President Obama.

“I want the President to be a success,” Weiner said. “Many of the President’s opponents, including those sitting around the table with him want him to be a failure and have said so. I want the President to stand up from that table.”

Weiner said bi-partisanship would be impossible with the new Congress for two reasons: there is too far of a divide on ideology, and because Republicans have realized that they can succeed politically by being “The Party of No.”

The task for Obama and Democrats, he said, is to rally support to their causes in order to marginalize the G.O.P.

“There is a fighting wing to the Democratic Party here that feels like it might be our turn, that says, ‘You know what, we didn’t fight for a lot of things we believed in. We were too eager to make compromises.’ Now we have an admittedly smaller, but maybe more aggressive Democratic wing of the party that says let’s get into the mode that these guys were in for two years. I think as Democrats we too often come into a knife fight carrying library books.”

Weiner Knocks Obama On Meeting With Republicans, Says Search For Bi-Partisanship Like Hunting For Unicorns