By Gene Hall
Today we will compare our broken political discourse with our favorite football team. Mine is Texas A&M. I want to win. I want to go 14-0 and put a national championship trophy in the case. I want every Aggie possession to result in scoring. I refuse to accept that Aggie opponents score, ever again, or gain another yard. I want the scoreboard at Kyle Field to explode keeping up with Aggie points.
Now back to reality. Even though I would prefer undefeated seasons and championships, I am adjusted to the fact that it’s not possible all the time. Even vaunted Alabama lost two games last season. I can take pleasure in winning eight or nine of 12 games.
But when it comes to our politics, we condition ourselves to reject many things we want, holding out for everything we want. Is that realistic? We wind up with nothing. There are many serious problems in this country. Immigration reform is a big one. Because no one will give an inch, we can’t do anything. That’s hurting the country.
Of course, one day I want that championship, but I hope to enjoy some wins along the way. Ronald Reagan governed that way. He strategically yielded to his opponents strengths, and overwhelmed their weaknesses. Reagan never went undefeated, but he had an impressive showing in the political equivalent of “nine games or better seasons.” Bill Clinton played politics the same way with the same results.
As for the country, the stakes are a lot higher than in any football game ever played—even my Fighting Texas A&M Aggies.