Saturday, December 13, 2008

Obama Team Woos GOP to Ease Way for Agenda

Politics and government exemplify the need for negotiation and compromise. In this story about Obama's team there are perfect examples of how the incoming Administration is doing things, and of the need for compromise.

Two weeks after his selection as President-elect Barack Obama's White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel met with Senate Republican leaders, gave out his cellphone number and personal email address -- and promised to return any communication within 24 hours.

Testing the pledge, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl called him within days to talk about a few potential Cabinet nominees. Within 10 minutes, the two were talking. "They are getting off to a good start in terms of reaching out," said Sen. Kyl, an Arizona Republican.

Kyl is from the right wing of the Republican party. But, he is a politician, and he knows the game.

"In this city there's always a tomorrow," said Mr. Kyl, "and there's always a time when I need something or they need something and you maintain relationships because of that."

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