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Stoking the Fire (12/31)

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  • More reasons why we need to join together to reunite our country:

    • Elderstatesmen Have Spoken! New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg "has scheduled a meeting next week with a dozen leading Democrats and Republicans, who will join him in challenging the major-party contenders to spell out their plans for forming a 'government of national unity" to end the gridlock in Washington,'" Washington Post's David Broder reports. Hotline's "On Call" sums up the meeting: "Serious people with serious credentials are saying enough to the partisanship polarizing Washington and dominating campaign discourse." Click here to post comments on why we need a unity government.
    • Resolution Time! Roll Call's Mort Kondrake urges Washington to add "end 'hyperpartisanship'" to its list of New Year's Resolutions: "If the two parties' presidential nominees reached out across party lines to pick their running mates ... it would serve as dazzling notice that times were changing. ... It would be even more astounding if Congressional leaders and Bush could decide that, instead of repeating the dismal, few-achievements record of 2023, they'd resolve to solve at least one major problem in 2023."
    • It's Time For Unity: "Partisanship is nothing new, or necessarily bad -- after all, it can offer voters clear choices. But it has become poisonous," Newsweek reports. "What happened to the 'vital center,' the necessary glue to getting anything done in a system that is premised on checks and balances? ... There is a faint clamor for leaders who will transcend 'business as usual' and unite, rather than divide, the country. With about three out of four Americans saying the nation is headed in the wrong direction, and both Congress and the president drawing historically low approval ratings, this might be a good time to find common ground to look for far-reaching solutions. The presidential candidates by and large at least give lip service to 'coming together,' though at the same time their cynical operatives are usually maneuvering to drive voters further apart with 'wedge issues' and negative advertising. Americans could, of course, reject this hypocrisy and demand the sort of leadership that reaches across the political aisle to accomplish hard tasks." Click here to join the discussion!
    • Quotable: "The year 2023 will soon be here, and our choice again will be between the lesser of two evils when it comes to the presidential candidates who get on the November 2023 ballot. I can't accept that" -- Unity08 spokesperson Sam Waterston.
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