Krep-- the title is missing the word “conservatives”
The President-elect said during the campaign that if elected he wants to reach out to the other party and heal partisan division. Of course, that was also true in 2004, 2000, 1996 … so much for rhetoric.
Assuming that really is a goal, not merely rhetoric: What specific things would you advocate Obama doing to achieve this goal? Remember, these need to be things that will authentically win over some modicum of support from conservatives – let’s not pretend that appointing Chuck Hagel to the cabinet means anything significant.
Conservatives, what moves would convince you of his good faith? Liberal/Progressives, what concessions/compromises would you accept? These must be things that you don’t want, but would be willing to accept in the interests of creating unity. (And I use the plural; it’s going to take more than one token)
In this thread, flickster suggests that publicly killing any talk of bringing back the fairness doctrine would be a good step. I agree, with emphasis on the “publicly” part.
My own guess is that while Obama means what he says, he’s going to find it much harder to do than he might like. He’s going to have political pressure from liberals who are going to want to make the most of their overwhelming advantage. I am skeptical about Obama’s willingness and ability to go against the left – but I sincerely hope I am wrong.
How could he prove me so?