Email #19, Subject: Partisan bipartisanism?

You wrote in your column following the election: “With Republicans holding the White House and the majorities in both chambers of Congress, I am hopeful that we will now have an avenue to move bipartisan legislation that has been stalled over the past eight years.” Apparently, you or one of your staff writers has studied George Orwell. Do you not see the absurdity of the doublespeak? Who is the “we” in that sentence? If the legislation is “bipartisan” why only now when the GOP controls both Congress and the White House is there an avenue to pass it? Using an avenue that is overwhelmingly partisan is the opposite of uniting and working together. If you can’t even get your rhetoric “to come together,” how can you expect people who didn’t vote for Trump to trust you? You represent the entire 6th district, not the Republican party.

Chris Gavaler

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Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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