GOLIS: Giving peace a chance

Here in Democratic Sonoma County, people brand Washington Republicans as obstructionists eager to see a Democratic administration fail even if it means that the nation's problems go unsolved.

In 2010, the GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky famously boasted to a gathering of Heritage Foundation conservatives: "Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term."

How unfair and shortsighted, hometown people say. At a time in which the country needs to pull together, what a terrible abandonment of responsibility. Thank God we're not like that.

Did you read the story recently about the two Santa Rosa City Council candidates, Ernesto Olivares and Erin Carlstrom, who pledged to move beyond their differences and find ways to cooperate?

Once upon a time, a pledge to cooperate would have seemed like endorsing motherhood, apple pie and the flag. Who could be against cooperation?

But this is Santa Rosa, so the two candidates got slammed.

One City Council member said she felt "betrayed" by this offer of cooperation and quickly withdrew her endorsement of Carlstrom. Cooperate with people who don't agree with me? Never!

Others speculated that there must be some sort of secret agenda to propose anything as radical as cooperation.

Flash forward a few days to another Santa Rosa City Council candidate. Julie Combs felt obliged to respond to an anonymous Internet report that she once voted in a Republican Primary in Ohio.

It is said there are many nice people in Ohio, and some of them are even Republicans.

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