A part of me I don’t fully understand already misses the campaign. Within hours of President Obama’s victory, the swords were sheathed and both sides pledged cooperation. I kind of wished Sen. Harry Reid had demanded to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns.
Perhaps the g-forces of this rapid deceleration into political comity have left me disoriented. Speaker of the House John Boehner seemed to be reading from a manual yesterday on how not to be Sen. Mitch McConnell, whose infamous comment about wanting Obama to fail has received its fair share of attention in the Republican autopsy now taking place. Boehner said he is not only open to new revenues, but also really wants the president to succeed. Reid said he’d like to compromise and the president and vice president pledged renewed bipartisanship.
Yet to be heard from are the forces within the tea party that have eschewed any compromise in the past. Perhaps they are still in a bunker with Karl Rove counting late breaking votes in various precincts. I'll be interested in when they step out of the darkness if they, too, see the light of compromise.