Reaching Across The Aisle Won't Work -And Response (2)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Weston is positioning himself as someone who can reach across the aisle to get things done.  This idea is completely flawed.  We have a president who is focused on the destruction of the Republican party.  How do you reach across the aisle to that?  You can't.  It's his way or the highway.

With the government shutdown, something Weston says was a waste of time, Republicans gave in over and over.  They reached across the aisle.  What they got was nothing.  Democrats said it was all of their demands or nothing.  Obama said if they want reform on obamacare, great, we'll talk about it later.  Republicans gave in and it has not been brought up again.  That is what reaching across the aisle gets you with this administration. 

If you listen to our president/Harry Reid at all, Republicans hate women, hate the poor, love big business, etc.  The idea of reaching across the aisle to that is naive and shows how unprepared Weston Wamp is.  There is no compromise in Washington for the next two years.  Compromise equals defeat. 

Nice try, Weston, but we don't need a moderate who will give the Democrats what they want in Congress.  

Sylvia Gainer 

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Ms. Gainer,

The attitude that reaching across the aisle won't work is exactly why the Democrats are leery of the House leadership. Any Republican who tries to compromise with the Democrats is summarily labeled a "RINO' or "traitor." Then promptly threatened with putting up a "more conservative" candidate next election cycle. 

I would argue that President Obama is absolutely desperate for a deal because he will likely go down as one of the most impotent president's of all time. He has really nothing to show for six years legislatively and the likelihood that he can get anything through Congress is over. He is a lame-duck and the last two years of his presidency will likely be more of the same. 

Speaker Boehner cannot negotiate with President Obama in good faith as deals Boehner made were unable to clear the House caucus with the Hastert rule currently in effect. The real culprits for trying to destroy the Republican party are the Libertarians/Anarchists who have infested the party and turned it from a party of specific clear ideas into an obstructionist do-nothing party. Until the Republican party removes the chains of trying to pacify the "Tea Party", the Republican party will remain in the minority and not win national elections.  

In order to effectively govern a nation full of diversity, you must have the ability to negotiate, compromise, and offer up solutions to problems. Disagreeing with everything that President Obama or Harry Reid says and voting no is not an answer to solving problems or proving how conservative you are. 

Your opinion piece is exactly the reason there will not be progress in Washington. Each party will double down to the extreme fringes and all you will get is a circus sideshow that should make everyone ashamed. Working together to form a consensus on difficult issues is not defeat, it is governing. It makes me sad that so many Americans have become so entrenched into this us versus them attitude that the entire idea of a "United States" seems almost out of reach. 

For the record, I neither support Chuck or Weston. The Republican party is in desperate need of an extreme makeover where good and common-sense individuals who understand what is necessary to govern are mentored at the local and state level, and only then after proving their ability to work collectively, be sent to Washington to represent the people on the federal level.  

In a party system, you should expect that negotiation and compromise are part of getting things done. Only ideologues deal in absolutes. I pray that the de facto state of civil war within the Republican party is swiftly resolved and the cancer of the "Tea Party" eradicated. Until that day, the system will stay mired in bitter partisanship. 

John Harris
Ooltewah 

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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, "...our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term..." 

That, in a nutshell, is what's called "reaching across the aisle" by the GOP. To think anything else is simply ignorant. It would be refreshing to see politicians of either side stop the divisiveness and find some common ground. Unlike the Tea Party, I don't consider compromise a filthy word and, contrary to Fox News, neither does the President. 

Herb Montgomery
Chattanooga


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