The death and services for former President George H. W. Bush have had an interesting effect: politicians, in this time of bitter partisan divide, have had to behave in a mature manner. It's been instructive to see who has stepped up and who has stayed in the shadows. Graciousness is often dismissed as trivial in the rough-and-tumble political arena but I think it's a valuable quality.
It probably does some good to bring them all together in a situation that does not encourage childish sniping. They have plenty to disagree about, substantial and important issues, which too often are submerged by the cheap shot, the snide comment, histrionic outrage and posturing for the press. None of that's easy to pull off at a solemn memorial service.
Maybe it won't help matters much. Still, it can't hurt.
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