What Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill could teach Washington today

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A vigorous debate over the role of government is always at the heart of our democracy. Since the shootings in Arizona, however, many have said that our partisan ferocity is unhealthy.

So it seems like a good time to reflect on Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill. It would serve us well to understand how these very different politicians managed to temper their philosophical divide with a public, and sometimes personal, cordiality.

Read the rest of Matthews’ editorial in the Washington Post.

What Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill could teach Washington today

Updated