Many years ago….over 20 years ago in fact….a few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat were working in this building….
….and we were with a group of other like-minded young people that were working on a very large bill and in that room were the staff members of both Democratic and Republican US Senators.
After a couple of hours of work the then Majority Leader of the US Senate walked into the room which got all of our attention and this is a man that we would characterize as not only an American hero that put his life on the line in World War II, but also an American that knew the art of compromise was the key to getting things done in Washington DC.
Putting aside for a moment that the American Republic is now governed by some of the worst examples of “public servants” we can remember holding Elective Office in our lifetimes, on that night over 20 years ago that Majority Leader of the Senate gave a short talk to us about Democratic and Republican staff members working together to come up with solutions to problems and to bridge differences and in that talk that US Senator told a story about when he first came to the US Senate and about the Majority Leader of the Senate that explained to him that….
“Politics is the art of the possible.”
Checking the Internet it seems that Chancellor of Germany in the 19 th century, Otto von Bismarck said something similar…
“Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable – the art of the next best”
…but the essential lesson is the same and that comment by that Majority Leader of the US Senate came to mind for a few of us after reading the comments Florida President Bernie Machen….
SEC draws line in playoff sand, Andy Staples, SI
…..and the comments by other college Presidents and Commissioners over the past few weeks and months about the now proposed Postseason Playoff for Major College Football.
Yes, the college Presidents and Commissioners can certainly continue to act like the Sorry Ass Current Leaders of the American Republic which are doing NOTHING to address the serious issues of debt, deficits, spending and taxes that are facing OUR country and threaten the future of OUR Republic OR they can move in the direction of what REAL Americans used to do when there were disagreements on basic and fundamental issues…..they compromised for the good of the country and in this case the college Presidents and Commissioners should compromise for the good of the game of college football which has been plagued by the Bogus and Un-American BCS over the past decade plus.
The title to CBS Sports’ Brett McMurphy’s column says it best…
Sides must be willing to compromise for playoff format model, CBS Sports
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