None of the pundits I have read have mentioned what seemed to be the most important exchange during the first presidential debate. When President Barack Obama threw the Massachusetts health care plan up to Mitt Romney, Romney grabbed an opportunity and said, “I liked the way we did that in Massachusetts. We did it in a bipartisan manner” — or words to that effect. He went on to describe how he knew from day one, as a Republican governor, that he had to work with the Democrat-dominated legislature if he expected to accomplish anything.
Therein lies hope for breaking the Washington gridlock. Romney should take the high road and say that unlike many Americans, “I have a positive view of congressmen and senators. I believe that a large majority in Congress, regardless of party, are good people with the interests of our country at heart. The problem is not ideology or bad faith. The problem is lack of presidential leadership. I intend to do in Washington what I did in Massachusetts. Work with Congress as it is to get done what needs to get done.”
The American people need a positive outlook. They sense something ominous coming. It's likely that in the next four years our crazy financial bubble is going to pop and Romney's management, financial and deal-making skills will be critical to our survival.
Charles R. Holt, Norman