Amid all the recent dysfunction in Washington, and with the passing of former House Speaker Tom Foley, there has been a lot of pining for the days of Bob Dole and Tip O’Neill, for the time when Democrats and Republicans walked hand in hand by the reflecting pool.
Give me a break: When Foley was speaker, acting with civility and comity was in a lawmaker’s best interest. In those days, you had to be nice to your committee chairman to get a friendly hearing for whatever you wanted inserted into a bill or to be considered for subcommittee chairman.
Rogers is chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group and worked in the Reagan White House in the office of political affairs. The Washington Post