A Republican and a Democrat attack each other for months on end and spend millions of dollars to demean each other in TV ads. The Democrat wins and vows to work closely and inclusively with Republicans and forge a new spirit of cooperation.
That pretty much sums up the 2008 presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama.
History has a tendency to repeat itself.
Now that Obama is top dog again, he’s saying the same stuff about becoming united and working together with Republicans. Makes me thing of Rodney King’s plaintive wish: Can we all just get along?
That’s good — that’s what Obama should be saying. Extreme political polarization is ruinous for everyone. The buck stops with him.
Let’s hope Obama does a better job of fostering unity during his next four years. His first term was disastrous on that front.
And let’s hope Republican leaders realize the majority of Americans don’t agree with their hard-nosed stances on social issues and their unwillingness to make concessions in Congress.
Maybe they’ll all be humbled.
Maybe we’ll all be humbled.