A better theme might be “consensus” but it is most like going to be “compromise”.
What is the difference?
Consensus means general agreement. Compromise means making concessions. If you can’t agree, you can make trade-offs at least to keep things moving forward.
In the political business, leaders must make deals, otherwise you get shutdowns and gridlock. Criticism about that cuts across both parties.
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are not immune either. They did much disservice to the new President by striking a combative chord when they should have worked harder to gain support for Obamacare, for instance. Had they not been so forceful and acted in such haste, they may have established a different tone. But, they didn’t.
A President without CEO experience may know how to organize, but he didn’t know how to produce consensus or progress through compromise. He still doesn’t.
Positioning against Obama to become the anti-Obama isn’t really necessary. Just being anything except right wing conservative should win in 2016.
“In the Clintons’ talk of brokering compromise, an implicit rebuke of Obama years
Video: In her first public event since leaving office as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton rallied supporters of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Oct. 20, calling the race a contest between ‘common ground’ and ‘scorched Earth’ politics.
By Philip Rucker, Thursday, October 31, 11:35 AM E-mail the writer
NORFOLK — In recent stump speeches and policy remarks, Bill and Hillary Clinton have offered sharp criticisms of the partisan gridlock paralyzing Washington, signaling a potential 2016 campaign theme if Hillary Clinton chooses to run for president.
The Clintons’ critiques in recent days have been explicitly aimed at congressional Republicans, who helped spur a 16-day government shutdown and potential debt default in October. But their remarks also seem to contain an implicit rebuke of President Obama’s failure to change Washington as he pledged when first running for the White House.
The arguments suggest a way that Hillary Clinton could attempt to run in 2016 as an agent of change — potentially putting her at odds with the two-term Democrat she would be seeking to replace.”