The news media, almost without exception, has reported the support of three Republican Senators for the Senate’s version of President Obama’s War on Prosperity spending bill as indication of bipartisan support. This is indicative of either a misunderstanding of the word ‘bipartisan’ or a lack of knowledge concerning the makeup of the Senate. Bipartisan does not simply mean that members of two parties are involved, but that the parties themselves are involved. The three Republicans supporting the President’s spending bill are the leadership i=of the party in the Senate, or even representative of the leaderships views. In fact, what little notoriety they possess is based on their frequent deviation from the party line.
Some commentators would ascribe this over emphasis of bipartisanship to bias, but in my view it is more reflective of incompetence.