Life goes on
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.”