Here's the note I sent to the staff at Morning Joe this afternoon, after watching this segment, which has also appeared since on Huffington Post:
This morning's show had a segment in it in which Time's Mark Halperin opined that the lack of Republican votes for the stimulus bill was Pres. Obama's fault, because he didn't work hard enough to pass a bill that appealed to Republicans instead of Democrats.
Let's leave aside for the moment that those Democrats just won a decisive electoral victory on the question of who is better equipped to solve the nation's economic problems. Let's also leave aside that most economists agree that the spending proposals in the stimulus package are much more likely to provide stimulus than the tax cuts that the Republicans (surprise, surprise) insist are the solution (as usual).
Let's just note that before the bill ever got considered in the house, the administration put in hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts that rank and file Democrats (and many Democratic Congresspeople) objected to strenuously, and then made several other changes to the bill that Republicans wanted before the vote. The response to these accommodations? 0 Republican votes.
Halperin seems to have missed all of this. I wish I could say I was surprised, but I'm not - Halperin's been a shill for the dumbest, most partisan parts of the Republican party for years.
I am, however, amazed that you can still take him seriously, and disappointed that nobody else on the panel saw fit to note the administration's compromises either. You can (and usually do) do better.
If you saw it, please write them. If you didn't, watch the clip on the HuffPo page, and then write them. Halperin has a long history of this garbage (ABC's The Note, which he produced for years, was a primary supporter of all the idiocies of the Bush administration), and it's worth spending a few electrons and a few seconds to push back against his slanted reporting, to see that it is recognized for what it is. Otherwise, he's dangerous.
Update: From the comments on Steve Benen's post about this same stupidity - "In other news, water is still wet."