How partisan and divided is the U.S. Senate? So much so that former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle doesn't think it's what emerging democracies should look to for guidance.
That's according to his new book, The U.S. Senate: Fundamentals of American Government, due out in January. The Washington Examiner got an advanced copy of the book and reports Daschle criticizes the way current leadership is running the the upper chamber.
While [Daschle] doesn't name names, he urges [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to take a page out of his majority leadership days and build relationships. "You've got to keep trying," he wrote. "Sometimes it required me to walk over to the Republican leader's office, and visa versa. Those leadership offices are only about 50 yards apart, but it's one of the longest walks you'll ever take."While Reid is often seen at war with McConnell, Daschle bragged that his outreach worked. "I worked with three Republican leaders: Trent Lott, Bob Dole, and Bill Frist. And with each one, I would call it a good working relationship, in spite of our differences." In a demand pointed at Reid, he added: "For today's Senate majority party, working with the minority party is essential."