Republicans were unimpressed with President Joe Biden’s overtures to them during his first speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, saying that, just as he redefined infrastructure and COVID relief, he has adopted an unusual definition of bipartisanship.
“The president talked about unity and togetherness while reading off a multitrillion-dollar shopping list that was neither designed nor intended to earn bipartisan buy-in,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in response.
The White House “first redefined ‘infrastructure’ to meet their agenda, now they are redefining ‘unity’ to suit their politics,” tweeted Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican. “Words have meaning. We can’t have a productive conversation if they keep redefining terms.”
“Biden has a curious way to define bipartisanship,” said Republican strategist John Feehery. “Typically, you define a bipartisan process as one where both sides give up something to get something. Biden has defined it to mean that if Republicans give up all