White House on election: ‘There were messages that have to be heeded, and we will’ 

For such a crazy election, I have to say leaders of both major parties sound remarkably adult. As the incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner is stressing humility after his party made the biggest electoral gains in over 60 years. And now the White House is candidly acknowledging they have to come to terms with the fact they got whupped:

A top aide to President Barack Obama said not to look for a change in his “fundamental principles, but certainly there were messages that have to be heeded, and we will.”

“If you believe in democracy, we were swept in by a big wave, so you have to pay attention to these results and what people are saying,” the aide said. “They want us to work together, to focus on the economy – for jobs and growth — and we’re going to do that.”

The tone was more humble than is customary for this White House, and the aide promised a period of introspection.

The aide also mentioned deficits as an area that the parties can do a better job of working together.

Well, it’s nice to know the White House cares about the deficit after adding $3 trillion to the national debt in less than two years. In any event, I give it about a week before both parties turn rancorous again, so savor the moment.

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