The legend of socially lubricated legislating

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March 11, 2013
The American Conservative
by Scott Galupo  
Posted in Commentary

"The Washington press corps just adores stories about presidents socializing with legislators. It’s bonhomie and backslapping -- and not partisan dominance or economic tailwinds -- that make it possible to Get Stuff Done in Congress. It’s Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill putting aside their ideological differences after 6 p.m. It’s Tom 'The Hammer' Delay extending the vote on Medicare Part D and bribing members of Congress -- wait! Wrong script! That’s Spielberg’s archpragmatist Lincoln and What He Can Teach Obama. And so President Obama’s recent dining with Republicans, his 'charm offensive,' is all the rage." (03/11/13)

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