Governing from the Middle (11/09/06) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Governing from the Middle (11/09/06)

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was commenting on his party's takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night. He said, "We have learned from watching the Republicans -- they would not allow moderates a voice in their party. We must work from the middle."

Right now, those are just words. But if the Democrats actually live up to them, then we should all benefit.

Because Reid's comment is correct. In recent years, the Republican majority in Congress did govern as if opposing viewpoints held no weight among the public they served. They did let their power intoxicate them.

Just as the Democrats did before them.

The truth is, the vast majority of Americans still feel pretty much the same way about things now as they did two or four years ago. Things were different at the polling places on Tuesday, but not that different. Only a relative few who were tired of the Republican direction changed their opinions. But that was enough to turn the tide.

So congratulations to John Yarmuth, Baron Hill and all the other Democratic winners who tipped the scales. I'm sure the temptation to repeat the mistakes of your predecessors will be great. But if you really come through on your promise to represent all your constituents, you will have served your country well.

If not, well...I think it's pretty clear what to expect.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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