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Harry Reid, Henry Clay

The Hill, 7/6/11 - When President Obama meets congressional leaders about the debt ceiling, I hope a powerful presence in the room will be the spirit of Henry Clay, who was a great Speaker of the House, the great compromiser in the Congress and a great hero of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Republicans today are to post-partisanship what Casey Anthony is to motherhood.

The president has never come to grips with the contradiction of trying to be a part-partisan president facing a hyper-partisan GOP. One solution would be to name America’s leading political independent and post-partisan officeholder, the financially brilliant and vastly respected Michael Bloomberg, as Treasury secretary if Timothy Geithner chooses to leave.

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