WBEZ | congressional leadership http://www.wbez.org/tags/congressional-leadership Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Finding compromise in the new congressional landscape http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/finding-compromise-new-congressional-landscape <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Congressional leaders resize_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If all had gone well, congressional leaders would have been sipping on Slurpees at the White House Thursday. President Obama called a meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders to discuss economic concerns, particularly the soon-to-expire Bush tax cuts. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner asked to reschedule. Is the postponed brain freeze a sign of bipartisan bickering to come?</p><p>Polarization does seem to be the general mood of late. So, if the summit is an effort to find areas of compromise, could it work? Is there such a thing as middle ground between the two parties in power?</p><p>Eight Forty-Eight spoke with Rick Perlstein and <a href="http://www.lincolnseries.com/Bios/Dudley.html" target="_blank">Christine Dudle</a>y to help explore that terrain. Perlstein's most recent book is "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Nixonland-Rise-President-Fracturing-America/dp/0743243021" target="_blank">Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America</a>", and Dudley is a Republican political strategist.</p><p><em>Music Button: Barrett Martin and the Wayward Shamens, "Garifuma", from the CD Alchemy, (Fast Horse) </em></p></p> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/finding-compromise-new-congressional-landscape