In the 1990s, then-Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-FL) was not a fan of President Bill Clinton, and he was told the feeling was mutual. Now, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe adores the former president and, as his co-host Mika Brzezinski told the crowd Tuesday night at the First 100 Days of the 113th Congress event, is as giddy as a school girl when Clinton is a guest on their show.
If these two can find common ground then perhaps there is hope for the new Congress?
“Common ground”, “civility” and Washington-words like those were heard many times from the roundtable discussion led by Scarborough and Brzezinski. Other guests who tackled the issues that await Congress after the election included former members Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Tom Davis (R-VA), who exchanged ideas on non-partisan politics and stories from their congressional glory days; Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Douglas Oberhelman; Carl Cannon, the Washington editor of Real Clear Politics; and No Labels co-founders Bill Galston and Mark McKinnon.
Across the Aisle Foundation and Real Clear Politics hosted the forum, held at The Ronald Reagan Building. The crowd of mostly senior Hill staff (though spotted in the mix was one as-seen-on-Real Housewives of DC politico) nibbled on pesto pizza topped with gulf coast shrimp, mini-pulled pork sandwiches and vegetable dumplings.
Chewing the political fat over pizza, Chinese and BBQ … it was just as you would imagine it might be if Joe invited you to his house for dinner.