Life goes on

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Pres­i­dent Bush, re­minded Nov. 8 that House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi as­sailed him as “obliv­i­ous, in de­nial” and even “dan­ger­ous,” replied he doesn’t “hold grudges.”

As Mr. Bush put it, po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents say mean things dur­ing cam­paigns, but he knows when the cam­paignin­gend­sand­gov­ern­ing­be­gins.

That said, Penn­syl­va­nia Repub­li­can con­gres­sional nom­i­nee Diana Irey tele­phoned her op­po­nent, out­spo­ken Demo­cratic Rep. John P. Murtha, to con­grat­u­late him on his suc­cess­ful cam­paign, dur­ing which the pair ex­changed nu­mer­ous pleas­antries.

“One of the glo­ries of our democ­racy is this tra­di­tion — and it’s a rather odd one in the his­tory of the world, I’ll read­ily ac­knowl­edge — that we spend months and months bang­ing each other on the head, and thenon­elec­tion­nightwe­shake­hands and con­grat­u­late one an­other,” Mrs. Irey noted.

“And life goes on. All over the world,peo­pleen­vyus.We­set­tle­with bal­lots what oth­ers are forced to settle with bul­lets.”

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