What was the secret?on December 13, 2013 @ 8:55 am (Updated: 9:07 am - 12/13/13 )
Making the details less important than the fact that it happened at all. So how did it happen? I got a call from Patty Murray at about 9:30 the night she closed the deal with Paul Ryan.
I asked her how she and Ryan managed to get along when so many others could not.
"We established early on that we shared a goal and the goal was to stop governing by crisis and to show this country that a democracy can work," says Murray.
Does this represent a change just in the way these two work or is there a larger shift going on?
"We hope that we set a good example. We I think both hope that this is a blueprint for other agreements," says Murray.
If we're looking at this as a blueprint, I would note that during the negotiation both of them kept radio silence. Not too difficult for Senator Murray who has a low profile. A little more difficult for Ryan who ran for vice president. But they did, and were successful.
For all the 24/7 news coverage intended to keep them honest, it seems the real work gets done where the red light doesn't shine.
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