There’s been a start.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Leader McConnell stood up for the good of the nation.” Over in the House, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky said of Republican House Speaker John Boehner: “Today he is my hero.”
We could use some honesty. There’s been a start on that, too. Sen. John McCain did some plain speaking about the effort to defund Obamacare that led to this nerve-wracking standoff. “It was a fool’s errand; we were not going to defund Obamacare ... so it was a terrific mistake,” he told NBC News. “We inflicted pain on the American people that was totally unnecessary, and we cannot do this again.”
We could use some more leadership and collaboration in Congress. Thanks to the women, we’ve gotten a little more of that, too. “Leadership, I must fully admit,” McCain said earlier, “was provided primarily by women in the Senate.” That would be Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, who led the compromise effort of 14 senators, six of them women.
Donna Brazile is a senior Democratic strategist, a political commentator and contributor to CNN and ABC News, and a contributing columnist to Ms. Magazine and O, the Oprah Magazine.