Oh GOP, Where for art thou?

Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein says he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein says he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama.

Three days before the presidential election and another Republican is endorsing Barack Obama.

Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN he intends to vote for Democrat Obama on Tuesday. Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official – Colin Powell – in his decision. Powell, former US Secretary of Defense in the current Bush administration, gave his endorsement to Obama two weeks ago.

“Well let’s put it this way,” said Duberstein, “I think Colin Powell’s decision is in fact the good housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama.”

Duberstein is the latest Republican to break from his party’s presidential candidate, part of a major fracture pushing Republicans into a fierce debate over the future direction of their party. .

It will be interesting to see where this internal battle goes.

A party that once based its identity on fiscal accountability, strong moral values and responsible leadership has slipped badly off course. That’s not to say the Democrats aren’t misguided too. They are. Political leadership in both parties lack credibility.

At this moment though, I believe the Republicans are misguided most. Their hands have been at America’s political helm for six of the past eight years. It’s been rough sailing for my family and, according to polls, for most Americans.

That’s too bad. I mean that sincerely. The strength of any strong democracy is in the leadership and accountability of elected officials from both parties.

I’m cheering for the Republicans to get their act together. If they do, they can help hold the Democrats more accountable. Vis versa.

Many of America’s great political leaders, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, FDR, Dwight Eisenhower to name a few, understood the importance of bi-partisan coalition building.

Rather than blame, our political leaders should work across party lines, starting by addressing important issues and concerns held by most Americans. Our economy, health care, national security.

Let’s begin that conversation. We need solutions based on those principals with which we agree.

If both parties are more accountable, America has a better chance of moving forward again.  This hope goes with every presidential election.

About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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