vendredi, août 03, 2007

Sticks and stones

Looking at the continued self-destruction of the Bush Presidency, there's a lot of cautious excitement among Democrats as they await the contest of 2008.

How much worse can life get for Senate Republicans? A number of them can't seem to decide who they dislike more-their Democrat colleagues or their Republican chief.

The fact that Alaska Republican Ted Stevens is under the magnifying glass for possible misdeeds (and his sister Senator, Lisa Murkowski, may not emerge unscathed) is giving new hope to Democrats seeking a majority that can actually get something accomplished.

Isn't this the time for visionary leadership? Wouldn't it be helpful, if not purely pragmatic, for candidates like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to put their differences aside when they are supposedly working on behalf of the people who sent them to the halls of Congress?

An article I read today suggests that Clinton, in particular, is finding this almost impossible. Perhaps she feels betrayed by Obama's decision to run. Possibly she believed herself to be a mentor to the younger Senator. Could she be concerned that she's going to lose not only some African-American women, but other potential supporters who are looking for someone with a little more overt enthusiasm and authenticity?

Part of the issue is that, like many of us in management positions, both candidates are probably surrounded by those who tell them what they want to hear-not what they need to hear. Meanwhile, the public wonders why our leaders can't behave like adults-and gets more and more fed up with politicians of both parties.

It's wrong to put all the blame for the tiff on Clinton's shoulders-Obama is a very ambitious man. Not to mention a darned smart politician. But it would be helpful to Clinton, who has what is perhaps an unfair rap for being exceptionally cold, to stop walking around Obama in the Halls of Congress-and to walk towards him, with her hand out.

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