Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: I believe the left, right, and middle can find common ground. I think smart Republicans and smart Democrats can work together. Obviously, I’m an idiot. Here is today’s letter.
Dear Mr. President,
I worked with a cameraman once who, in all fairness, had little talent. His shots were acceptable, but never inspired. The framing was pedestrian; his composition was weak to non-existent, and he never used a tripod unless you absolutely insisted or bribed him with a promise of an early dinner and lots of margaritas. And yet time and again he would come in from a shoot blustering about the “outstanding” moment he’d captured, the bit of brilliance that would make the story.
And every time I fell for it. I would cue up the tape breathlessly, convinced he could not possibly be so enthused unless he had at least something worth looking at. Never once did he come through.
That’s how I feel about bipartisanship now. Like a sucker. Every time you, or your fellow Dems, or the Republicans talk up the idea of working together, I believe it. Despite all the failures, despite all the disingenuousness, despite everything that makes Americans shake their heads about Washington, doggonit, I still believe that there are enough smart, good people in elected office to understand the nature and importance of compromise.
I would be better off searching for Sasquatch.
Just days ago you, your team and the GOP seemed to get the message from the last election (and the one before it, for that matter) that voters have had it with this insane “take no prisoners/agree on nothing/strike no bargains” approach to governance. Yet here we are with insults once again being hurled, ultimatums being issued, and enough lines being drawn in the sand to stage a beach volleyball tournament.
Your side blames theirs, their side blames yours. Again. And you wonder why the public keep blaming all of you.
Please don’t call. I can’t bear another explanation. That said I hope all is well with you and yours. Went on a seven miles run this morning and it was chilly! You should have been there.
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