What the GOP can learn from Gov. Rauner

If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump want to avoid gridlock and pass health care legislation and a budget, they should take a long, hard look at Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Illinoisans know well that Rauner’s insistence on his hard-right, anti-labor agenda has been one of the major obstacles to progress in Springfield.

If Republicans in Washington are serious about getting things done, they need to stop negotiating with just themselves.

A consensus in the middle of the GOP spectrum, if they can build one broad enough to alienate neither too many centrists nor fringe conservatives, is way off to the right of the American political center.

Of course no Democrat will vote for it.

To really get things done, moderate Republicans should work with moderate Democrats to set priorities and find the moderate compromises our country needs. Let the fringes go.

If Sen. Ted Cruz gets left out in the cold, so be it.

Sen. Bernie Sanders? Sigh! Probably him too.

Gridlock in Springfield and Washington weighs heavily on all of us, emotionally and fiscally.

It will end some day.

The people in power now could make it happen sooner rather than later.

— John Podulka, Winfield

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