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Rahm Emanuel, no friend to Republicans, on GOP participation in the first months of Obama's term

Emanuel argues that while partisanship colored the debate over stimulus and later health care, there was other legislation that passed with Republican support even as the stimulus fight was starting. “We did try to change the environment,” he said.
Obama did not change Washington. For each side, it’s clear who’s to blame. - The Washington Post

Further evidence, there was no pact to obstruct everything Obama proposed. Just his economic policies, which makes sense. Republicans don't agree with Democrat economic policies, and vice versa! It's like a group of Yankee fans getting together and agree, that they will not root for the Red Sox

From the same article, this is what the Democrats did.
But two Republican senators — Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah — believe an early battle over extending a children’s health program did the opposite.

During George W. Bush’s presidency, Grassley and Hatch had worked with Democrats to develop a bipartisan bill. They took heat from some of their colleagues but forged ahead, even in the face of Bush’s veto. They hoped to move a bipartisan bill early in Obama’s presidency, and they were negotiating final changes as the new administration was coming to power.

Suddenly their Democratic colleagues told them the negotiations were over, on orders from the Obama team.

A more liberal version of the bill passed the House on Jan. 14, 2009, with 40 Republican votes. The Senate approved it 15 days later. Nine Republicans voted for it, but neither Hatch nor Grassley supported it.

“We had all stuck our necks out to create a bipartisan bill, only to have the rug pulled out from under us at the beginning of the Obama administration,” said a Grassley aide who declined to be identified, in order to talk about the internal negotiations. “The point was made to them: Do you really want health-care negotiations to start off by undoing so completely an agreement that had been reached?”
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