The Economist, the influential London-based magazine, today points to the bipartisan relationship between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal as the cure for what ails Washington.
The magazine cites Porsche North America’s new headquarters in Atlanta and the so-far-successful quest to finance the dredging of the Port of Savannah as products of cooperation between the two. A small taste:
It helps that Messrs Reed and Deal both come from a legislative background, where—elected officials in Washington take note—compromise breeds progress. It helps also that neither is an ideologue: tea-partiers have called Mr Deal a RINO (Republican In Name Only), just as Mr Reed has taken heat from his party’s left wing. And it helps, as Mr Reed says, that he and Mr Deal share the view that “if you are not going to accomplish as much as you can because the person sitting across the street is from a different party, you’re eliminating one-third of what you can do.”
A Public Policy Polling survey of Georgia voters is out today that shows that, in a hypothetical match-up in a 2014 race for governor, Deal rides above Reed, 47/40. But it will never happen – because of the relationship outlined above.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider