The Associated Press is reporting that Jimmy Carter is urging Obama to meet individually with GOP leaders to heal “an unprecedented divide” between our two major political parties. While I agree with his sentement, I can’t help but think “there goes Jimmy again” when he gives the following example of how bipartisanship can work:
Former President Jimmy Carter and former Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker are lamenting the partisan politics in Washington and say Democrat and Republican leaders should work together because voters are getting frustrated.
Carter said Wednesday the division between the two parties over health care reform and other issues is unprecedented.
Baker, a Republican, and Carter, a Democrat, worked together on the Panama Canal treaty during the late 1970s. The treaty returned control of the passage to Panama two decades later.
I would like to see a more civil and respectful tone return to debate of differing views in D.C. I can’t say I’m too excited to use an example that says “look how much we can give away if we just work together to do so.”
Yeah, that’s two national posts in a row. I’m Irish, today is March 17th, you figure it out. I’ll be back to working on some state issues after another pint or two.