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Political tears of compromise
by David Farside
Nov 12, 2012 | 2702 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What some might have thought would be a landslide victory for Mitt  Romney turned out to be a clear political conquest for president Obama. Romney couldn’t even win in his home state of Massachusetts or in Michigan, the state where he was born and raised. As a matter of fact, Romney was even defeated in Wisconsin, the home state of his Vice Presidential running mate, Senator Paul Ryan. To add insult and injury to Romney‘s inflated ego, Paul Ryan was re-elected and will retain his seat in the U.S. Senate, representing the Green Bay Packers cheesheads and dairy cows of Wisconsin.

Rarely do we see a Vice Presidential candidate on his home states ballot to retain his current Congressional seat while running for the VP spot. Usually, the VP candidate is one who can garner a nationwide popularity vote or carry strategic swing states’ electoral votes. But Wisconsin results indicate just how weak Romney was and why the Republicans lost the presidential election. I’m sure, Ryan will emerge as the next Tea Party choir  boy and neo-conservative voice of the Republican party; making it easier for the Democrats to occupy the White House through the year of 2020.

Karl Rove, a one-time Sparks resident and political pimp for corporate power, blamed the Democrats for surprising the republican vote. He said: “He (Obama) succeeded by suppressing the vote, by saying to people, you may not like who I am, and I know you can’t bring yourself to vote for me, but I’m going to paint this other guy as simply a rich guy who only cares about himself.”

Talk about stupid. It was Republican-controlled states that closed the polls early to surprise votes, creating long lines and causing voters to wait up to six hours to exercise their right to vote.

That blame game talk has always been the strategy of Rove and the Tea Party’s attempt to attack the democrats. They always spread rumors, blame the democrats for wrongdoing they themselves are involved in; and then accuse the democrats of falsely accusing them in negative adds when they attempt to defend themselves. Thankfully, Rove and his Crossroads group’s strategy didn’t work this time.

One day after the election, House Majority leader John Boehner announced he is willing to compromise with the president. Two days after the election, he returned to his usual stand and proclaimed no higher taxes for the wealthy. Could be this is just rhetoric, but I believe Boehner will compromise and work things out with Obama. Why? Because both men know how to cry.

When Boehner accepted the gavel of power controlling the House, he broke down in tears and openly cried with pride and humility. He shared his hard times and difficult road to success with the American people. I believe he truly loves his country.

Last week, while President Obama was thanking campaign workers in Chicago, he openly cried. With tears of appreciation in his eyes, he told his workers and the world how much he loves America.

When the only two leaders in our political world who can solve our problems can openly cry because of their love of country, we can only conclude they will both shed a tear of political compromise for the American people and do the right thing.

David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.
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