Former Senator Bob Dole recently said what needs to be said about deep partisans on both sides of the political divide; people who want to kill issues not on the merits but because they don’t want the other side to get credit for an achievement. These old school guys did it with grace and style back in the day; tastefully opposing legislation but primarily putting the national interest first.
If you are not familiar with “getting someone told,” you are not from the South. My mother would tell us, “When I get you (pending whippings), I am going to get you for old and new.” She would wait days until we were having fun…talk about your domestic terrorism. As Tom Petty sang, the waiting is the hardest part. If people in Dole’s party don’t open up to more positive members of their team, they might have plenty electoral whippings in their future. Listening to the old school guys (like wise uncles) can keep you out of trouble and in good graces but the hardhead never learn. They listen to their mischievous friends (talk media) who “get ghost” when the drama starts.
The big headliner of the day was former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who used plenty of humor to lay out a case for a bi-partisan package. It’s a plan that keeps affordability in mind and puts quality of care front and center, along with making health care available to all Americans.
“Sometimes people fight you just to fight you,” Dole said about bi-partisanship. “They don’t want Reagan to get it. They don’t want Obama to get it. So they’ve got to kill it. Not because of the merits of the bill, but because they don’t want the president to get any credit.”