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Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
This whole stimulus business has been quite the drama. Too much to dwell on for a Sunday, so let me turn my attention to something else: Bipartisanship.
I’m not sure what this means anymore. We’ve spent an awful lot of years viewing all that happens in politics through the twin lenses of the Democrats and Republicans. We’ve reasoned, as a society, that if one party pulls the wheel to the left, and the other to the right, the ship of state might head in a direction that most of us can live with.
But as everyone knows, these days that theory seems to be running us into the rocks too often. Almost everyone complains that Washington just can’t get things done, and certainly not with a spirit of cooperation that might give us a little faith that adults are minding the fire in the kitchen. Republicans poke Democrats in the eye. Democrats sling mud at Republicans. Each side says the other started it. Welcome to kindergarten.
It always seems like the most strident and least reasonable voices dominate the debate; as if Congress is a bigger version of The View . I know that there are well-intentioned and passionate people on both sides of many issues, and I’m not asking them to hold hands and sing “We’re Going to Be Friends,” although that is a great song. But why don’t we hear a little more respect for the middle?
You were elected, in large part, not by Democrats or wandering Republicans, but by Independents. Middle people. A lot of the Party Faithful on both sides dismiss this crowd as wishy-washy; unwilling to take a stand. Not me. I’ve met too many of them. They are taking a stand; against the whole idea of blind loyalty to parties, and they believe you can be their champion. It is a terrible and lonely job, let me warn you. Like being an ethics advisor on Wall Street.
But wouldn’t it be interesting to hear Washington talking a little more about TRI-partisanship? After all, much of the middle is already in your corner.
Enjoy what’s left of the weekend. I may take the girls to see that new movie, Coraline. Hey now, popcorn!
Give me a ring when you have a minute.
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