In basketball, announcers often refer to their “Dream Team,” seemingly always led by Michael Jordan.
I would like to offer my political “Dream Team” combining both major political parties. This was an actual team in Washington for many years focused on foreign affairs, military spending, and nuclear disarmament. The Republican was conservative Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana. He was a former Mayor of Indianapolis and his work in the Congress ranged from his specialties of foreign affairs to agriculture, all of benefit to his district and the country. The Democrat was moderate Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia. He was a former Georgia state legislator related to the politically powerful family of Senator Richard Russell (D., Ga.). Senator Nunn was probably the single most powerful senator since Senate Majority Leader lyndon B. Johnson (D., Texas).
Together the Nunn-Lugar Dream Team could pass almost anything, no matter the make up of the Congress or the sitting President. Yes, part of their magic was the shear talent of the individuals, but part of it had to also be the synergy of the two personalities. Unfortunately, today there are no similar tandems serving in the Congress, nor does there even seem to be the will to try. It is unfortunate, but it is what the country needs now, more than ever.