Advise and Dissent: Noel Nix

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What would you like to tell president-elect Barack Obama? Advise and Dissent features Minnesota opinions on what the new president should be thinking and doing.

Mr. President, this country needs you to truly govern in a bipartisan way–even when it gets hard and everyone from the left or from the right is attacking you–in order to bring about a change in the tone of politics. That’s easier said than done, I know. “Bipartisan” has become something of a cliché term, but true bipartisanship is something that we desperately need right now, to help us remember that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, bigger than just the group of people who agree with us.