Move over, Slurpee. Could cigarettes bridge the partisan divide?
Ever since last week's "shellacking," President Obama has received advice from everyone (See: Tom Daschle, Martin Frost and Dana Milbank for starters) on how to deal the the new political landscape. At his day-after press conference, Obama was asked if he would invite House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner over for a Slurpee. Cue the laughter and attendant eyerolls for jokes about a "Slurpee Summit." But the dude's gotta do something to get his current political fortunes out of the ditch.
So, here's my prediction: It won't be a Slurpee that forges a bond between Democrat Obama and Republican Boehner. It'll be the Cigarette Caucus.
Regular smoke breaks on the Truman Balcony, at Camp David or wherever they choose to sneak them might be what's needed to bridge the partisan divide and ratchet down the heated rhetoric in Washington. Throw in a glass of merlot and we might have the makings of, if not a beautiful bipartisan friendship, then a working relationship that makes compromises or consensus easier to reach.
I will deserve every bit of criticism I get for encouraging the president to keep smoking. But for the sake of bipartisanship, the Democratic Party (not to mention his 2012 reelection ambitions) and the nation, I urge Obama not to give up smoking just yet. Besides, there hasn't been a hint that he's having much luck doing so -- or that Boehner has any desire to stop. So why not put their dirty and unhealthy habit to good use?
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