Tisei would have impressed me if he had acknowledged that it has been primarily the uncompromising stance of the Tea Party Republican congressmen that has defeated multiple attempts at blending program cuts with new revenue sources. In these times of incredible levels of distrust, perhaps only mainstream Republicans can credibly point out the extreme and destructive rigidity of their more ideological brethren.
Tisei, to his credit, did not take the mindless, Norquist anti-tax pledge. He needs to explain why he did not, and explain to citizens why such a robotic pledge is the very opposite of politics, a profession that requires an ability to compromise and work toward mutual and multiple goals.
Our economy is still in a very precarious place. And we still have a shortage of mature, sophisticated politicians who are willing to lead, to educate citizens, and to work together to craft balanced, nuanced solutions.
Brian T. Watson is a regular Salem News columnist. Contact him at email@example.com.