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A Positive Spin After November 4th

By on November 5, 2014 in See It Here

Let’s start by saying it’s always healthy to have differing points of view because (1) you can learn something and (2) the next step is to seek common ground. The only caveat here is acting like an adult rather than a sixth grader in the back of the school bus. Which brings me to Tuesday’s Republican Steamroller that gave control of the Senate. I suddenly heard the Minority-Leader-Soon-To-Be Majority-Leader tell an audience in Louisville after winning a 6th term, that there is work to be done with the White House.

It wasn’t just Louisville where that occurred. In every GOP acceptance speech across the country last night, I heard the words “we have to work together because that’s what the American people elected us to do.” It made me wish every day was the day after an election because we all know what happens weeks-months-years after an election.

The White House put out the word as the votes were showing Republicans were going to be winners that there would be a meeting a few days after Tuesday to talk about “common ground”.

Yeah, I will say it right here: I wish President Obama would have scheduled a beer with Boehner and McConnell and whomever else had some time on Friday’s to talk about things—maybe not even pending legislation–just talk about stuff. He didn’t. Eons ago, House Speaker Tip O’Neill would go to the White House and have a drink/coffee/snacks with President Reagan. He told anyone who asked just how that came about and Tip responded that when he dealt with Republicans there was agreement that “we were  always friends after six o’ clock.” A few days after telling the president this, he got a phone call from Reagan asking, “Hey Tip, is it after six o’clock?”

Sometimes you need to be hit in the head to see what has always been right in front of you. I am hopeful both parties have learned to grow up (Ted Cruz & Darrell Issa are the exceptions) and learn how to have a conversation again.  It really is doable, despite all the well-deserved cynicism Congress (and the White House) have earned over the past six years.

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