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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:32 pm

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has no opponent in her party’s primary election in August, and she recently proclaimed that she is a moderate. Now some people may not believe that but her record does indicate she’s more to the center than to the left.

What really bothered some party diehards is when she said she believes in compromise and that position is in direct contrast to the three Republicans fighting it out for the nomination for the U.S. Senate. U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner, all conservatives, tend to be near or at the far right. Steelman is the most conservative of the trio.

AP correspondent David Lieb in Jefferson City in an analysis piece in this issue said, Steelman recently said, “I’m a no-compromise conservative woman.” Is that the right attitude?

The tea party followers like that position. Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth, a Republican, says Congress is broken because neither party wears compromise on its shirt cuffs.

Sen. McCaskill, in her sixth year in the Senate, has learned, or knew it going in, that compromise is necessary if meaningful and needed legislation is going to move forward. A no-compromise position is why many people are unhappy with Congress. The no-compromise posture results in deadlock.

We don’t believe in compromising some of the basic foundation principles that have made this nation so great. But there are multiple issues that need to be addressed, to protect people and this nation, that result in legislation that must be approved for the general welfare of the people.

Historians and veteran political observers have said and written that President Barack Obama is the most liberal president this nation has ever had. He would like America to model itself after European socialistic countries. Those countries are drowning because of their government-do-it-all flooding. McCaskill was an early supporter of Obama but has moved some distance from him. Perhaps it is because he has been incompetent and has failed to live up to the changes he promised four years also.

It is expected that Obama will lose in Missouri to his Republican opponent in November. How that will effect McCaskill and Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, in their re-election bids is an unknown but they have to be concerned.

McCaskill’s compromise position is nothing new. She’s against earmark funding. However, she made it quite clear she would never oppose funding for a new bridge at Washington if it came down to an earmark. One thing about McCaskill, she’s been honest with her party members and with voters about her positions on issues. Our government depends on compromises, finding a middle ground to solve problems, and to fortify our fundamental principles. Compromise is an American doctrine.

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