Friday, April 22, 2016

Republicans don’t like Kasich because he sounds like Obama - Note for a lecture, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United"

Catherine Rampell, Washington Post

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In a wide-ranging meeting with The Post’s editorial board this week, [Republican presidential candidate] Kasich answered many of our policy and political questions with some version of the following: In today’s intolerably polarized climate, he will bring people together to work out their differences.
Kasich spoke of uniting rather than dividing, of including rather than excluding, of the importance of listening to and learning from those we disagree with, and of reconciling with our ideological enemies in service to the greater good. ...
[W]hile Obama had some high-profile mediator in chief moments early on (remember the “beer summit”?), he ultimately failed to knit together the “two Americas,” which have only splintered further during his tenure.
Today the body politic is arguably more divided than it was eight years ago. But now Americans have no appetite for executive-level political peacemaking. We don’t want compromise or conciliation; we want to obliterate the other side. ...

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