It would be difficult to imagine, because it rarely happens. Grandstanding occurs far more frequently than compromise. That may be good for cable news and bloggers. But for the rest of the people? Not so much.
This is more than just some bureaucratic squabble. Strong support for the principles of transparency, good governance and fighting corruption has been hallmark of American policy for more than three decades, since passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
I write to let you know that one citizen recognizes and appreciates the personal choices you made putting country over career, endangering your political longevity for the good of the polis.
Memorial Day is a tough, serious holiday. Military families who have lost a loved one don't have a "happy", "fun" or even "nice" Memorial Day.
The argument about fiscal austerity has been drilled into all of us. The U.S Marines couldn't have done a better job. It's our new way of life.
Political leaders and the media are failing us on so many levels. But there is hope. Quietly, and without fanfare, groups and individuals are reaching out to each other. I've been involved with one such effort, called "Living Room Conversations."
Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in the Indiana Republican primary last week raises a number of troubling issues about the current state of politics and the future of governance in our country.
While I was working on a graduate degree in comparative literature at Indiana University, Dick Lugar was Mayor of Indianapolis and though he was Nixon's favorite Republican mayor, Dick Lugar was not Richard Nixon.
The recent primary victory by Richard Mourdock over Dick Lugar should send greater shock waves through Washington than merely the one Senate seat now potentially up for grabs. Evidently, Tea Party-backed candidates will be continuing their war against the politics of compromise.
In a legislative body like the Senate where compromise and bipartisanship have long been necessary, this is another blow for getting things done.
Republican Sen. Richard Lugar joins the ranks this month of his ousted moderate colleagues and predecessors. Frankly, it is a little depressing. Wait, more than a little. A lot.
Lugar is a fount of knowledge on the most important public policy issues our country faces today, including energy, national security, foreign relations, the federal budget, and agriculture.
Winner-take-all voting incentivizes partisanship, compels centrists to squeeze into restrictive ideological boxes and rewards the "us-versus-them" mentality moderates resist.
Too often, moderate incumbents like Lugar lose perspective of why they were elected, how to do their jobs and the plight of their constituents.
The defeat Tuesday of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary -- trounced by a Tea-Partier -- is one more nail in the coffin of the...