This is just reflective of something any substantive political watcher already knows; but it is affirming to find supportive evidence nonetheless.
President Obama continually sells the story of his across the aisle outreach as an excuse for why his policies failed. He claims he tried too hard to work with the other side.
This is a regular talking point for the institutional leftists. However, the truth is divergent in the extreme, and Bob Woodward hits on it within his new book “The Price of Politics”.
In an example Woodward shares:
The failure of Obama to connect with Boehner was vaguely reminiscent of another phone call late in the evening of Election Day 2010, after it became clear that the Republicans would take control of the House, making Boehner Speaker of the House.
Nobody in the Obama orbit could even find the soon-to-be-speaker’s phone number, Woodward reports. A Democratic Party aide finally secured it through a friend so the president could offer congratulations.
Can you imagine how “full of himself” President Obama must have been with his majority holding of the White House, The House of Representatives and the Senate in 2009/2010?
So internally focused on his own party, and ignoring of any other perspective (evidenced in the Obamacare fiasco) the entire White House did not even have a phone number for the #1 Republican leader in congress.
Kind of hard to sell the story of bi-partisanship when the truth is you don’t even know how to contact the other side of the aisle, no?