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    Sep 1999
    Norwalk, Ohio

    Default Bipartisanship? We don't need no stinking bipartisanship!

    From left to right is Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear [D], Ohio Governor Mike DeWine [R], Former U.S. Senator Rob Portman [R-OH], President Joe Biden [D], U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown [D-OH] and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnnell [R-KY]. But where-oh-where are U.S. Senator Rand Paul [R-KY] and Freshman U.S. Senator J.D. Vance [R-OH]?

    That they are missing from this picture is no surprise to those who know them. It is well-known that the mere mention of the word "bipartisanship" will send Rand Paul running screaming into the hills. Evidently newly-elected J.D. Vance will behave likewise. These two missing GQP senators are a sign of the times.

    President Biden is visiting a famously run down bridge in Kentucky to highlight massive infrastructure spending

    By Seung Min Kim and the Associated Press
    January 4, 2023 at 8:53 AM EST

    President Joe Biden’s visit to a notoriously dilapidated bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky is a chance for him to showcase accomplishments and talk up the virtues of bipartisanship while rubbing shoulders with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

    The trip on Wednesday is also about cold, hard cash.

    “It’s a giant bridge, man,” Biden said this week when asked about his planned trip to the Brent Spence Bridge. “It’s a lot of money. It’s important.”

    Indeed, the nearly $1 trillion that Biden’s administration is doling out for roads and bridges, broadband networks and water projects across America will be critical not just for the communities getting the help but to the Democratic president’s political theory that voters are hungry for bipartisanship that delivers tangible results.

    As the prospects for massive, transformational legislating diminish rapidly this year in a divided Washington, the White House and top Cabinet officials aim to focus instead on selling Biden’s recent achievements and demonstrating how the new laws directly affect Americans.

    That new effort kicks off as Biden stops in northern Kentucky at the perennially congested bridge spanning the Ohio River that has frustrated motorists for decades. The infrastructure law enacted in late 2021 will offer more than $1.63 billion in federal grants to Ohio and Kentucky to build a companion bridge that will help unclog traffic on the Brent Spence.

    Other top administration officials are holding similar events Wednesday and Thursday at other major bridges in the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is stopping by the collection of bridges crossing the Calumet River in Chicago; Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was appearing at the Gold Star Memorial Bridge in New London, Connecticut; and White House infrastructure coordinator Mitch Landrieu was to be at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

    All the bridges will get new funding under the infrastructure law, which is one of Biden’s marquee bipartisan accomplishments.

    The Brent Spence, which connects Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, was declared functionally obsolete by the Federal Highway Administration in the 1990s. It has become an outsized symbol of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, with successive presidents from both parties singling out the aging span as they stumped for better roads and bridges.

    In 2011, President Barack Obama name-checked McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, who represented the Cincinnati suburbs, as he stood near the Brent Spence and pushed the two Republican leaders to support a jobs package that would fix similarly ailing bridges. Six years later, President Donald Trump told a local Fox station that “I’ve already heard about the bridge. I love the area.”

    “We’re going to get it fixed,” Trump said about the Brent Spence, which he called “dangerous.”

    As for Biden, he said during a 2021 CNN town hall in Cincinnati that his administration would “fix that damn bridge of yours.” The span was designed for 80,000 vehicles a day but was easily doubling that on its narrow lanes.

    On Wednesday, Biden can begin to make good on that promise.

    The president will be accompanied at Brent Spence by McConnell, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, former Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican. Officials hope much of the work on the new project will be completed by 2029.

    The White House also invited Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and newly sworn in J.D. Vance of Ohio, according to a White House official, but neither planned to appear with Biden in northern Kentucky.
    Last edited by Tom Montgomery; 01-05-2023 at 06:25 AM.
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    Modesto, CA

    Default Re: Bipartisanship? We don't need no stinking bipartisanship!

    Naughty Newtie put an end to bipartisanship 30 years ago. We've been circling the drain ever since, getting closer with each election cycle.
    “Aren’t you supposed to be the gentlemen who lie for the good of their country?”
    “That’s diplomats. We’re not gentlemen.”
    “So you lie to save your hides.”
    That’s politicians. Different game entirely.”

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    Mountain lakes of Vermont

    Default Re: Bipartisanship? We don't need no stinking bipartisanship!

    I have to laugh every time I see Newt on FOX acting like he's a senior statesman when he is nothing more than a failed speaker.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.
    Skiing is the next best thing to having wings.

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    Default Re: Bipartisanship? We don't need no stinking bipartisanship!

    ……………and that's being kind………...

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