Bi-Partisanship: Can Washington Re-Unite Divided America
Watertown— In post election exhaustion, President Obama’s extremely organized campaign paid off and earned him another four years. A defeat for Mitt Romney and Vice Presidential running mate Paul Ryan has caused some to speculate that the GOP base needs a different strategy.
The New York Times headlined, “G.O.P. Factions Grapple Over Meaning of Loss” and immediately explored the GOP’s failure to unseat the President:
“After four years in which the jobless rate never dipped below 7.8 percent, with millions of Americans still unemployed or underemployed and median household income falling, Republicans still failed to unseat President Obama and, for the second election in a row, fell short in their efforts to win control of a Senate that seemed within reach.”
However a post-election Wednesday brought some disappointment, while others were more hopeful. Local Democratic Congressman Bill Owens enjoyed his win against Republican Matt Doheny. Congressman Owens told ABC50, “I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to bring tonight's victory home," said Owens. "Now it's time to get back to work helping to create jobs, passing a bipartisan Farm Bill, and strengthening the middle class."
While leaders in Washington begin discussing ways they might reach across party lines, bi-partisanship appears to be a theme in the North Country as well. ABC50 also spoke with another celebrating victory, Republican State Senator, Patty Ritchie. Senator Ritchie had a more hopeful and bi-partisan perspective in contrast to the New York Times article and what other pundits have criticize Romney:
“After the elections, I heard a lot of people on the street frustrated with what was going on in Washington, that partisan politics can’t be put aside to do the right thing for this country. That’s why people on a state level like that here, we’ve been able to work across party lines with Governor Cuomo and working with the assembly that’s really turned the state around.”
Senator Ritchie went on to express that the real concern ought to be about the American people, not about the dissection or heavy scrutiny over why Mitt Romney did not win the Presidency. Just as Congressman Bill Owens’ goal to reach across party lines and focus on the middle class. Ritchie’s focus was the same, the economy and reaching across the aisle in hopes to build bi-partisanship:
“Today is a new day, the elections are over. It is important to put aside the politics, for all of us to work together to work for the tax payers and those that need jobs in order to get this country back on track. In my political career I have been willing to work with Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians and that’s what I think is starting to turn New York State around and I believe that’s what needs to happen in Washington.”
When asked regarding the elections and how Senator Ritchie felt about President Obama getting re-elected, rather than criticism as been heard even by Romney’s own GOP party- Ritchie focused on the bigger picture. Senator Ritchie emphasized once again, bi-partisanship:
“On a state level, on a federal level, on all levels we need to pull together as a country. I voted for Mitt Romney, but today is a new day and we must back our President to work- number one priority is to change the economic climate. We need to get as many people back to work as soon as possible.”
What's important now is the bi-partisanship that needs to take place in Washington, to build the country back up and restore the economy. The fiscal cliff is the key important issue, rather than the necessity to discuss how Mitt Romney did not win. Bi-partisanship appears to be the only hope for Washington, as the New York Daily News had a great suggestion, “Obama should make Romney his Treasury Secretary”. It echoed the Chris Christie embrace, where both Democrat and Republican could work together.
“President Obama needs a new Treasury Secretary. Mitt Romney needs a job. And when current Secretary Tim Geithner steps down — as he’s indicated — before the start of Obama’s second term, the President ought to give Romney a look for the position. If they’re both willing to move past the rancor of 2012, it could be a win-win for both men and the country as the administration heads into 2013 with a full plate of issues.”
The article went on to point out some really interesting observations, that being Treasury of State is not a bad gig. After all, Romney’s father went a similar path, “And there’s a precedent — his father, who was once Michigan governor — served as Richard Nixon’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development after losing to Nixon in the 1968 GOP primary.”
President Obama would benefit from Romney’s business skills and hopefully work in unison to create jobs. Romney would be great for President Obama, either as the Secretary of Treasure or even a Business/Job creating advisor?
This definitely would be the ultimate bi-partisan move, as the article stresses. It would even perhaps help the Democratic Senate and the Republican House work together? Perhaps it would help set the bi-partisan tone and the rest of the players in Washington will learn to play well together.
Some say that dogs and cats cannot get along. If they are isolated and have never been exposed to each other, of course the dog will chase the cat. But, if you bring them up together dogs and cats can get along. Republicans and Democrats are no different, Senator Ritchie is right- today is a new day. There are people without power and without homes after super storm Sandy. There is constant turmoil in the Middle East, there are people out of work, the stocks went down by 313 points today, and the fiscal cliff is on everyone’s mind.
Perhaps, election talk and obsessing over why or what ethnicity picked which candidate should be put aside along with all of the criticism. Maybe, it is time for Washington and America to come together in a bi-partisan way, to get this great nation we all love back on track.
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