Voters overwhelmingly rejected the Biden White House’s definition of bipartisanship, according to results of a new poll from the Morning Consult out Tuesday.
Biden adviser Anita Dunn outlined the new White House’s definition in April when she told the Washington Post the label “bipartisanship” applies to legislation with broad support outside Washington even in the absence of cross-partisan support on Capitol Hill.
“If you looked up ‘bipartisan’ in the dictionary, I think it would say support from Republicans and Democrats,” Dunn told the paper. “It doesn’t say the Republicans have to be in Congress.”
Voters rejected Dunn’s framing as she tried to spin the behemoth $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package passed one month prior as “bipartisan” despite no Republican support which forced Vice President Kamala Harris to cast her first tie-breaker vote.
According to a survey of 1,994 registered voters conducted May 18-20, only 10 percent said they agreed with the White House on the meaning of bipartisanship, whereas