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August 8, 2013

Congress takes vacation from doing nothing

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NORMAN —

“The American people are interested in seeing some result from the Congress,” Sen. John McCain reported the Christian Science Monitor. Referring to the poll, he said “members of Congress ranked just below a colonoscopy. We’d like to get above a colonoscopy.”

At least a colonoscopy gets something accomplished, which is more than we can say about the Republicans in the Senate.

Americans crave the comity, dignity and reasonable debate on the issues that used to be a hallmark of the Senate. They desire achievement and honorable compromise. A case in point is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie is a Republican in a Democratic state. His approval rating is close to 70 percent and is considered a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

He’s combative to the point of being coarse on occasion and is not the least bit reluctant to fire back at anyone who criticizes him. Yet he’s popular in blue New Jersey because in October, when Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast and caused an estimated $68 billion in damages, Christie put his constituents ahead of politics, including his support for Mitt Romney. He worked side-by-side with Obama to get New Jersey the federal aid it needed.

While all those Washington lawmakers are on vacation, it would be nice if they took a lesson from Christie and decided to give turmoil and gridlock a rest, too.

Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y. Contact him at spollak@thedailystar.com.

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