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Join the discussion: Is bipartisanship making a comeback?

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 9:02 p.m. MDT

In this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton huddles with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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An overwhelming majority of Republicans approve of President Obama's strategy of airstrikes in Iraq, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

According to Defense News, Republicans in Congress were largely supportive of the Obama administration's limited airstrike campaign in Iraq, and Pew's recent poll shows that 71 percent of Republicans overall feel the same way. According to the same poll, 54 percent of Democrats (still a majority, but a smaller one) also support the airstrikes.

In other words, while both parties have their caveats — Democrats wish to continue to focus on diplomatic means, and Republicans still largely blame Obama's foreign policy mistakes for why the airstrikes are even necessary — this may be one of the most bipartisan moves of the Obama administration.

That's not the only shocking development in bipartisan politics.

In the wake of Hillary Clinton's interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, where she seemed to openly criticize the Obama administration's current foreign policy, conservatives have taken note that when it comes to resolving conflict overseas, Clinton tends to align more nicely with conservative attitudes than, say, Rand Paul's non-interventionist approach (at least historically).

Even Charles Krauthammer, one of the most prominent conservative voices in America, recently published under the headline "On Obama’s foreign policy, Clinton got it right." Somewhat of a change from his tone in June, when Krauthammer said on Fox News that he believes Clinton suffers from an "intrinsic insincerity" that makes her impossible to trust.

Liberals have also suffered from political reversal as of late, this time because of Paul Ryan's proposed poverty plan, which seeks to consolidate certain welfare programs to improve efficiency, while also creating programs aimed at helping those in poverty find a way out with the help of caseworkers.

Vox's Ezra Klein, who has been open about his own liberal viewpoints, particularly when it comes to welfare, recently went on record urging Democrats to "welcome" the Ryan plan, because the proposals in his poverty plan "should, in theory, offer much more opportunity for common ground with Democrats."

Slate's Reihan Salam also had kind words for Ryan's new approach to poverty. "If you’re a red-blooded American liberal who follows the news closely, you probably have a lot of preconceived notions about Ryan," Salam wrote on July 24. And while Salam agrees with some of those notions, he lauds Ryan for showing that "he does believe in the safety net" and more specifically believes in making it work effectively.

"This isn’t to say that Ryan is right about everything," Salam continued. "But he is asking the right questions, and that’s an excellent start."

JJ Feinauer is a Web producer for Moneywise and Opinion on DeseretNews.com. Email: jfeinauer@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: jjfeinauer.

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