Kentucky Demands Bipartisanship (1/12/10)
In his State of the Commonwealth address last week, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear talked about the importance of bipartisanship in solving the state's problems, pointing out that they're "not Republican or Democratic problems, but Kentucky problems."
Unfortunately, Senate President David Williams' confrontational response to this reasonable, mature statement was "The Governor doesn't have a bipartisan bone in his body."
Seriously, Mr. Williams – is that all you have?
Is it really beyond your ability to put aside the political posturing and power plays for once and accept your rival's proposal to work together with an open mind? Are you really committed to nothing more than the same tired, bankrupt strategy of simply trashing anything the other side says, no matter how sensible it may be?
Perhaps I wasn't clear last week. We, the voters of the Commonwealth of Kentucky elected you and your colleagues – Democrats and Republicans -- to generate solutions.
We expect all of you to cooperate in the search for those solutions. We are watching. And if you persist in allowing your egos to get in the way of our best interest – regardless of your party – we, the people, will hold you accountable the next time we go to the polls.
I hope others will call and share their thoughts, as well.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.