Bridging the Partisan Gap, at Least for Now [OPINION]
It was encouraging to hear Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo say he has buried the political hatchet with President Donald Trump so that the two can accomplish what is needed to defeat the coronavirus in New York and across America.
Cuomo tells MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that despite long-standing political and personal differences between them, he and Trump have established a solid working relationship.
"He's doing what he has to do and I respect him for it," Cuomo said. "I respect him for it."
Cuomo says it's no time for partisan politics.
"Look, forget Democrat and Republican. We're Americans and we're talking life and death," he said. "We're going to have a tragedy in this state. We have the highest number of cases in the United States. We are going to have a real tragedy where people die because they couldn't get the right health care. And I need the help of the federal government – I need that partnership. I said I put out my hand in partnership. I want to work with you. I'll be a good partner. I need your help. Let's do what we were elected to do. Let's fulfill our constitutional duty and the president said yes."
This is the American spirit I know lays beneath the rancor and bitter partisanship that exists at the surface. This is the American way. I am not naive enough to believe that this is the end of divisive partisan politics, but I am encouraged to see the two sides come together with a shared goal of protecting the American people.
I have no delusions about this being a lasting peace. Perhaps more of a detente. But for a few brief moments at least, it is a pleasure to see our elected officials acting like grown adults for the betterment of the common good.
Stay strong, America.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.