In his campaign for the US Senate, Crist has one of the best messages available and he’s not getting it across to the public. It is a widely held opinion that congress has become almost completely dysfunctional and there appears to be agreement that a major contributing factor is unbridled partisanship. The question Crist should be asking is “Why is it a good idea to elect representatives who are extremely partisan and who would only contribute to the paralyzing polarization in congress?” It makes no sense to me. I don’t agree with everything Crist believes but I do believe that elected officials who are not afraid to work with the opposite party are our only hope of restoring functionality to the Senate.
Whenever I listen to Crist’s opponent speak I hear about his anger and his willingness to fight for his beliefs. What I don’t hear is how he plans to get a majority to pass anything. Anger simply is not conducive to collaboration. I am so weary hearing of everyone’s anger and their willingness to fight. What is needed is far less anger and a desire to work, not fight. A few weeks ago New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg really got it right when he said that “Anger is not a governing strategy”. It really isn’t.
We need to move America forward by working as a team. Crist offers that hope but that message is not getting out.