Who would have ever thought that a state known for bitter rivals when it comes to politic could provide a teachable moment for all politicians worldwide? In Chicago, Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias have done just that.
“Illinois Republican Mark Kirk says he hopes he’s created a post-election tradition by sharing a beer with former Democratic opponent Alexi Giannoulias.” “The two men who ran for U.S. Senate met Wednesday at a downtown Chicago bar and spoke privately for about 20 minutes.” “Both politicians said the time for partisanship was over now that a campaign that was described as one Illinois’ most combative has ended.” “The campaign for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat was packed with bickering, ugly ads and name-calling.” “Kirk first proposed the meeting at Billy Goat Tavern during his victory speech late Tuesday.” “Billy Goat manager Bill Sianis says the bar’s downtown location has long been a hangout for reporters, politicians and “everyday Chicago people.” “Sianis’ great-uncle William Sianis founded the bar in 1934.” (Unknown Author, 11/3/2010, WIFR, Bitter Rivals, Drinking Buddies? Retrieved from www.wifr.com).
It makes a voter like me feel much better about voting when I see how two people who were at each others throats fighting for a spot in the U.S. Senate could also come together. Their fight was ugly at times and may have caused quite a few voters who would have loved an opportunity to show their support for one or the other stay home. Washington needs to take a look at what these two have done and use it to do the people’s business. Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias provided them the template and all that they have to do is apply it. Will it happen, only God knows but anyone who pays any attention to politic in the least are very well aware that this country needs them to. Just as politic ends at the waters edge, so should demonizing your competitors or oppositions after the elections are over. Barack Obama promised change in Washington, Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias showed them how but now its up to those headed to Washington to put it into practice.