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Pat McMahon

Updated Nov 9, 2012 - 2:16 pm

How do we schedule the non-partisan play date?

It appears that most of the ballot questions have been answered.

A couple of races still have to be decided, but the puzzle that still seems to be discussed most frequently -- and most pessimistically -- is just how the partisan gridlock can be broken once everyone gets back to some business other than being elected.

I don't recall such entrenched zealots since Martin Luther bid farewell to the Vatican and started his own party.

But one thing everyone seems to agree on, is if the president and Congress conduct business as they have been, there will be far less business to conduct for all of us. So how does anyone get leadership from both sides to listen to one another for ideas that could create a better America?

Polite discussion? Forget it.

Numbers and logic? Not a chance.

Power! It's the only thing that gets respect in Washington.

What do you think would happen if President Obama got the Republican and Democratic leaders together in a room with the senior George Bush and Bill Clinton, two men who traveled the world together, two men who have seen and done it all and everyone began to talk seriously about the art of compromise?

That is, after the team of George and Bill reminded everybody to "cut the crap!"

It's a start.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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