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Goodbye to the 112th Congress: Hello to the 113th

04 January 2013 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
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Goodbye to the 112th Congress: Hello to the 113th

The 113th was sworn in today and the 112th largely left. The 112th was the spectacular "do nothing" Tea Party Congress we have all read about that bickered over everything. We can hope that the ideological excesses and obstructionism of the Tea Party class of 2012 are dissipated. Why? Here is one reason.

Many of the 2013 freshmen attended an orientation session at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government after the election. The director of the Institute of Politics, Trey Grayson has observed the staff noticed a distinct difference between these new congressmen and the previous class. The new class is strongly solution-oriented,” said Grayson. “They heard loud and clear from the voters during the campaign that voters wanted solutions, not rhetoric.”

Congress’s challenge will be to deal with our problems more constructively and cooperatively than its Tea Party predecessors. That should not be too hard.

There is some rational reason for optimism rooted in the key differences between the 2010 and 2012 elections. The class elected in 2010 was elected by a narrow but intense slice of the electorate—the anti-Obama, recession-fueled rage of the 2010 midterm election landslide. The Tea Party ruled.

The class of 2012 was elected in a presidential year, with a broader and more representative segment of the electorate. The message this freshman class heard from voters was all about finding a way to work together in Washington—stop fighting and start fixing. And, at least so far, that demand seems to be reflected in the attitudes of this freshman class.

“We’ve got multiple entrepreneurs and folks from the private sector who are used to dealing with bottom line,” concurred the Republican freshman class president Luke Messer of Indiana. “We’ve got 16 or so military veterans and a lot of folks from local and state government, where you have to work together to get things done. These people didn’t come here to just bicker and fight and kick out a press release blaming someone else. They’re here to get results.”

Hey, we can hope can't we?
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Who: Kimball Corson. Text and Photos not disclaimed or that are obviously not mine are copyright (c) Kimball Corson 2004-2016
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