Election is over, now can they get along?

November 3, 2010

It’s the day after the election and the big question now is will they play nice?

The Tea Party’s coming to town, Republicans seized control of the House, and Democrats are still in charge of the White House and Senate. 

Soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner today said he saw no problem with incorporating members of the Tea Party into the Republican Party. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the goal was “how do we meet in the middle?”

Tuesday’s election shows that American voters want Washington to stop the political squabbling and fix the economy, said Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin. USA/

“As long as this is a weak economy with uncertainty for people when it comes to their jobs and their homes, they are telling Washington to roll up your sleeves and get to work,” he said. 
    
Durbin, a close ally to President Barack Obama, made the comments in an interview with Reuters while votes were being counted in Tuesday’s election that saw Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and cut deeply into the Democrats’ Senate majority. 
    
“We need to move beyond filibusters and enter a real conversation about passing legislation that this country needs,” Durbin said. 
     
He acknowledged that the upcoming 2012 White House race could make finding common ground difficult, but that the two parties must do so. 
     
“I hope the president can really appeal to Republicans to at least work with us and put aside the presidential race while we try to solve some of the problems we face,” Durbin said. 
     
“We have to get together to get this economy moving forward,” he said. 

Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama hugs Durbin at a reception for Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias in Chicago)

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