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Reports: Political Divide At All-Time High
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on November 09, 2012 @ 7:12PM
Created on November 09, 2012 @ 5:36PM
Now that the elections are over it's time for our political leaders to get back to work.
In their post-election speeches most of them promised to work across party lines to get things done.
"At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing," Mitt Romney said during his concession speech on Tuesday. "Our leaders have to reach across the isle to do the peoples work."
In his concession speech Romney urged his supporters to work across party lines.
Here in West Virginia, Bill Maloney made a similar push.
"You have the power to make sure politicians work in your best interest and not theirs," Maloney said on Tuesday. "I want to ask all of you to work with Governor Tomblin to help create a better West Virginia."
President Obama has also pledged to work more with Republicans.
That might be good all of them promised that because according to some post-election analysis, when it comes to our political parties it looks like we're far apart.
"Things are scary," Walter Mason, a Westover resident, said. "It actually has me worried about what's going to happen."
The divide isn't coming at a good time. That's because at the end of the year some folks are slated to see major increases tax increases, and the federal government will see huge spending cuts. That is unless both Democrats Republicans can come together and work across party lines.
"If there's a firm line in the sand anywhere that can stop the whole thing," Scott Crichlow, the Chair of the Political Science Department at West Virginia University, said. "So to the extent there's a firm division between the parties that they insist keeping in tact, that means no budget."
Crichlow said the divide dates back to 2000.
"We've had so many close elections in a close period of time," Crichlow said. "That's never been the case, at least since women got the right to vote, that's very unusual."
That isn't giving folks, like Walter Mason, much hope that separation will end anytime soon.
"That's a question that someone with a whole lot more intelligence I have can ever (answer)," Mason said.
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