U.S. Sen. Harry Reid tonight called for bipartisanship in light of news that Democrats had retained control of the upper house. Here’s the text of his statement:
“Now that the election is over, it’s time to put politics aside, and work together to find solutions. The strategy of obstruction, gridlock and delay was soundly rejected by the American people. Now, they are looking to us for solutions.
“We have big challenges facing us in the months ahead. Democrats and Republicans must come together, and show that we are up to the challenge.
“This is no time for excuses. This is no time for putting things off until later. We can achieve big things when we work together. And the middle class is counting on us to achieve big things in the months ahead.
“That is what the American expect – and that is what the American people deserve.”
Believe it or not, I don’t think this statement is much different from what Reid might have said had his candidates lost their races. Reid knows as well as anyone that gridlock is contributing to the record low ratings for Congress. But he also knows that there are real problems that can’t be ignored for two or four years while Republicans plot their return to the White House.
Chief among those problems: Averting the fiscal cliff, which much be done with the currently elected lawmakers, not the new ones.