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Trump’s bipartisan politics only surprising because of Obama.

The biggest surprise in President Trump’s willingness to work with Democrats is how much of a surprise it is to much of America. Expressions of shock are coming from all corners, suggesting that many of us view fierce polarization as normal and bipartisanship as abnormal. If so, add that to the legacy of Barack Obama....
Time: 23:39     Date: 12.09.2017
Last US News - Opinion: Trump’s bipartisan politics only surprising because of Obama. NY Post 24 - US News

If so, add that to the legacy of Barack Obama. He was the ultimate my-way or the highway president.

Obama first gained national attention at the 2004 Democratic convention that nominated John Kerry. Then a US Senate candidate from Illinois, Obama gave the keynote address and brought the crowd to its feet with striking lines such as, “There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America” and “There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

That was four years before his own presidential election, but soon after getting to the Oval Office, Obama made it clear he would govern strictly as a liberal. He famously rebuffed GOP attempts to get their ideas into the stimulus package, saying bluntly, “I won.”

Democrats had big majorities in both chambers, and straight party-line votes quickly became the order of the day. With the GOP united in opposition, the president and his media handmaidens took to calling Republicans obstructionists for not getting on board with his big-government programs. It apparently never occurred to them that Obama was not living up to his own promise to be a unifier.

Subsequent studies showed the effect, with Pew Research reporting in 2014 that “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines — and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive — than at any point in the last two decades.”

That “partisan antipathy” was on full display during the 2016 race, and when Republicans won both houses of Congress as well as the White House, many conservatives were euphoric. Now the GOP had turned the tables and would govern without Democratic help.

Republicans who are horrified must have been sleeping for the last six months. Did they miss the infighting in their party that made it almost impossible to pass big legislation?

More importantly, Trump’s decision to work with Dems is good for the nation, and could even help Republicans avoid self-destruction.

Again, the example of Obama and Democrats makes the case.

The coercive liberalism that came to define Obama’s presidency cost the party dearly. First the House went to the GOP in 2010, then the Senate in 2014. Any time Obama’s name wasn’t on the ballot, his party got thumped.

By 2016, Republicans were sweeping elected offices at all levels, and Dems, after losing about 1,000 seats over four elections, were at their weakest position in a century.

That reversal, I believe, was a direct result of Obama’s failure to govern as the president of all Americans. He was a liberal Democrat, first, last and always, and he resorted to executive orders rather than compromise with Congress.

That approach makes him an outlier in modern history, with the most successful presidents achieving big legislative victories with votes from both parties.

If Trump is looking for a model of how to govern, Obama offers the worst possible lesson. His signature achievements, ObamaCare and the Iran nuclear deal, were both sold on lies, and both are failing.

That history ought to console Republicans. If they try to ram too many big ideas through without Dem votes, they are more likely to lose control at the next election. Time and again, Americans show they want divided government, believing sensibly that both parties need to have their power checked by the other.

By themselves, efforts at bipartisanship are no guarantee of success, and Trump could be stymied by irreconcilable demands from both parties. But history consistently rewards those presidents whose leadership produces results that reflect a broad consent of the governed.

Bad cure for ‘common’

It’s enough to give “reform” a bad reputation.

New York state educrats have replaced Common Core standards with something they promise is better. But if the mouthful of a new name and a vague explanation are the best they can do, they’re going backwards.

It’s called the “Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Math,” and its purpose is as clear as mud.

State education Chair MaryEllen Elia told The Wall Street Journal the new standards would maintain rigor, clarify expectations and eliminate redundancy.

That’s pretty much the same promise made for Common Core, but it became the target of two groups: unhappy parents who saw their children’s test scores decline, and teachers unions that feared that sinking scores would be held against teachers.

So presto, Common Core was dumped and now everyone is happy. Or will be until 2021, when tests tied to the new curriculum begin. If past is prelude, the dumbing-down process then will start again.

The pattern repeats itself because, while everyone says they favor high standards, they really don’t.

What most want are standards that can be manipulated so the vast majority of students and teachers appear to be smart and successful.

Blas’ red writing hood

Even before cops catch the creep who splashed graffiti and red paint on the Christopher Columbus statue in Central Park, it’s pretty clear where the vandal got the idea: City Hall.

Mayor de Blasio’s call for a commission to identify “symbols of hate” and “oppressive” memorials was a dog-whistle call to radical leftists, and he refused repeatedly to say that the Columbus statues were safe.

Fortunately, Mark-Viverito is term-limited, and leaves office Jan.1, but de Blasio is heavily favored to get four more years.

Given the leftward lurch in the city so far, New Yorkers ought to be worried. Some tourists are.

Lois Hammett, visiting from Tennessee, called the statue vandalism “disgraceful.”

“That’s the first thing I’ve seen in New York that makes me feel saddened and angry,” Hammett told The Post.

If she sticks around, it won’t be the last thing to make her angry in Bill de Blasio’s New York.

Retirement plan Fla.w

Headline: “Surprise. Florida apparently isn’t the best place to retire.”

Timing is everything.

Opinion

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Opinion

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Living

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Business

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Metro

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Sport

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