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Not so many years ago, the majority party in the House of Representatives took seriously its constitutional role as the chief instrument of governing the United States of America.
If the same party held both the presidency and the Senate majority, legislation passed, governing occurred.
Some regional cultural differences caused occasional logjams, but even these deep differences were circumvented by both parties in the interest of governing.
Legislation became tougher when the majority party in the House faced a Senate and/or White House that was held by the opposing party.
But still, the House majority knew that despite partisan differences, legislation to meet the challenges of the times had to be passed--for the sake of the nation.
The same reason also compelled partisan rivals in the Senate and the White House to govern responsibly.
In those days, every member of Congress and the president honored the constitutional duty of governing, however much compromise was required to fulfill that duty.
Those compromises caused a lot of political sweat, yet bills were passed; governing was accomplished. That was old school.
The new fad of congressional behavior, as practiced by today's Republican leadership in Congress, is designed to make President Obama a failure. Not to govern, not to legislate for the sake of our country, but to cause setbacks that could be blamed on the president.
Norm Mosher, who seeks the House seat to represent Virginia's 1st Congressional District, served more than three years on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee when governing was Congress' top priority.
Vote for Norm; he's old school.