fter the Democrats' drubbing in the midterm elections, President Obama needs to build some bridges, says Gerald F. Seib in The Wall Street Journal. If he doesn't forge constructive relationships with Republicans in Congress, moderates in his own party, and business leaders, he won't get much done in the next two years. But "reaching out in multiple directions is a tough job," Seib says, and Obama could use help from someone like former Reagan White House chief of staff Kenneth Duberstein. Here's an excerpt:
In his tenuous post-election condition, President Barack Obama finds himself on a political island, no longer linked to the comfortable Democratic majorities in Congress that served as his lifeline for two years.
To exit from that island, he needs to build bridges to three groups: Republican leaders in both houses of Congress, moderate Democrats in the congressional rank and file, and the business community. Such bridges don't simply materialize. They have to be built, and the White House could use a respected figure from the outside to help. ...
In today's polarized Washington, such figures are rare — but they do exist.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why China's Communist Party is headed for collapse
- Why Texas Republicans may want to cool the anti-Obama land-grab talk
- Why the poor's investment of choice is so alarming
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- How to make perfect fried rice in 6 easy steps
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Obama doesn't have a manhood problem — but conservatives certainly do
- Why Antonin Scalia was right to defend a drug dealer
- Why we need a maximum wage
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
Subscribe to the Week