Well, if these guys are really quite qualified, then I'm all for it. Though really, with a supermajority, it doesn't seem necessary.
I hope it works well. I think it's a good example to set for the rest of the nation. I'm so tired of us vs. them.
I guess it doesn't really matter which party wins elections. Apparently it doesnt matter that the electorate voted for Democrats knowing that there might be a supermajority and thus an abundance of committees headed by members of one party.
In the end, what difference will it make.
bipartisanship = compromise = ONE party.
We all work together to accomplish the same thing.
There really is no difference, is there?
Not worthy of applause?
Sure, it wasn't something that HAD to be done, and admittedly not very many people outside of Olympia would probably take much note of it, but the fact that this was even considered, let alone accomplished speaks volumes about the direction upon which Democratic leaders at the State level are embarking.
It seems to me to be a perfect application of the carrot/stick approach: rewarding moderate Republicans with demonstrable working knowledge in certain areas (particularly ones that are traditional Democratic platforms) with committee leadership positions sends the message that the Dems are actively engaging in bi-partisanship, are willing to listen to good ideas regardless of their source, and effectively cuts the rug out from under their opponents, who now won't be able to use the excuse of being locked out of the policy-making process as an attacking point on these issues.
I'd say, it's a pretty effin' brilliant move on their part.
Ban political parties!
Toss the scumbags a bone. They've got NOTHING in Olympia, for the indefinite future. Screw 'em.
I approve of what the Dems did. They need to involve the Republicans in the government; this was an extremely good and politic move that should bear dividends for Washington in the future.
Politics is much about negotiation and meeting at some common ground. It's not all confrontation and winning battles by 51-49 "majorities."
I agree, and I'm as liberal as it gets. It's a shrewd move on the Dems part, and involving everyone is the right thing to do.
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