Chicago Sun-Times reporter and columnist Lynn Sweet also helps write editorial endorsements.
As I read her column entitled,
Ask your pol: Can you compromise?
I immediately thought of Congressman Joe Walsh.
When he came back for his first summer break Town Hall Meeting in Wauconda, several people asked him about why he didn’t compromise on the Debt Ceiling issue. You can read both of his answers here.
Walsh basically said that as a former government teacher he understood the role of compromise in government, but that President Obama was so far out on the left wing of American politics that now was not the time for compromise, that Obama had not compromised.
Michael Medved said this week on his radio show that it had been months since Obama had talked with Republican Congressional leaders…not since he played golf with Speaker John Boehner. That was in mid-June. Hard to compromise, if the leaders don’t talk.
So, getting warmed up for the editorial that will blast Joe Walsh’s quest for re-nomination to Congress and be repeated prior to the general election if he wins the 8th District nomination are Sweet’s words:
“Candidates this election season should be asked what do they value more, the argument or advancing a piece of legislation.
“Freshman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) made a name for himself in part by being a Tea Party hardliner…
“Of course, candidates should discuss their issues and positions–but they should also be asked about their views on effective governance and if they believe compromise and consensus are dirty words.”
As far as Joe Walsh goes, I’m reminded of what the lawyers say in court:
“Asked and answered.”
Don’t believe me?
Read this article.