Let’s jump two or three months into the future and make one assumption which is Mitt Romney successfully wins the Presidency of the United States. One big question which looms is will a President Romney be able to recall on the skills he learned dealing with an almost ninety percent dominated Democratic legislature in Mass. and start dealing with the Democrats lurking in the halls of Washington?
Too say that our government is polarized to the point of impotency would be the understatement of this century. Furthermore, the dynamics of dealing with a state legislature when compared to those of dealing with Congress is apples to an iceberg. Regardless of this reality, Mitt Romney has stated that he will “reach across the aisle and find good Democrats in the House and the Senate that care deeply about America, just as I do.”
Now, there is nothing to suggest that there aren’t many a good Democrat who don’t care deeply about America. I would personally think that many of them do, however, this is not the problem facing Romney. It’s their intransigent vision and their theoretical solutions for its problems which are the chasms the Governor has to hurdle, not a deficit in their caring for their nation or its people. Of course, there is the usual rogues’ gallery of political opportunists and crazies to deal with also, but that is for another post.
If Romney wins the POTUS in November and faces this reality, I do not want him to govern as a Massachusetts Moderate, a Tea-Party Conservative, a West Coast Liberal, a North East Democrat, or a Mid-West Republican. I want him to lead as a President who has something to offer that is of value and worth to a nation of people who are equally valuable and equally worthy. And it would be surprisingly nice if the Congressional Critters would follow suite.
Is this really too much to expect or ask of our elected officials? I think not.