The Nov. 7 editorial in The York Dispatch calls for us to bury bitter politics. To accomplish meaningful legislation will require all sides to put past political statements behind us and come to some common ground. Unfortunately this editorial does not show a sincere attempt at bipartisanship by quoting comments out of context.

Your leading statement about Mitch McConnell and his "stupid remark" that "the single most important thing to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president" is just more red meat for those who blame only Republicans for the stalemate in Washington.

We all know that when Obama was first elected in 2008 he had a Democrat House and Senate that pushed through "Obamacare." When Republicans wanted to offer changes to the bill they were told "we won, and you lost."

McConnell's infamous quote was made just prior to the 2010 mid-term elections. He was hoping that Obama, who had not conferred with the Republicans, would do what Clinton did in 1995 by moving towards the center and work with Republicans, especially if Republicans gained seats in Congress.

It would be more beneficial if the Dispatch used the full context of McConnell remarks and added his later quote: "I don't want the president to fail, I want him to change." Anyone can read the full interview on Google and judge for himself.

Your editorial concludes that much will depend on Congress; a more honest approach would also include the president.

Dale McPherson

Hopewell Twp.