These articles just pain me:
The votes were barely counted last week before national columnists and pundits began analyzing the impact of the Republican victories. Many predicted more gridlock.
“Moderate Republicans will be less likely to cooperate across party lines for fear of primary challenges from conservatives unwilling to compromise,” wrote Tribune News Service Lisa Mascaro in an analysis printed in this newspaper.
I think — and I certainly hope — that they are wrong. If politicians of both parties have the sense of a Maine moose, they will recognize that the election returns show that people want Congress and the president to do what it takes to turn the economy around. That can’t be done by government gridlock.
Nothing I saw in the election returns leads me to conclude that voters think either party has all the answers — neither the Tea Party right nor the far-left approach of soon-to-be-former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Not every post-election analysis suggests that the new Congress will be gridlocked.
Sen. Susan Collins is optimistic that the middle-of-the-road reasonable lawmakers from both parties will find a way to work together. Moderates may find answers that elude hard-core partisans, left and right.
The day after the election, Collins told me she had received a post-election telephone call from Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican elected to fill the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.
You’re still going to get a tea party challenger, Susan.
And, in fairness, if given the opportunity to screw poor people, gut financial regulation, or give tax breaks to the rich, they probably will get a couple Democratic Blue Dogs to cross the aisle and sign on to something odious. It is in their DNA- Nelson, Lieberman, Landrieu will all jump at the chance to get in on something like that for their corporate masters. Hell, Evan Bayh hasn’t even finished his lame duck term and he is out there making sure all the front groups know he is open for business.