The Civility Project

So, how about that civil discourse in politics?
Just before the Memorial Day recess, an unlikely pair — Mark DeMoss, a publicist who was an adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Lanny J. Davis, who served as an aide in the Clinton White House — wrote letters asking the 585 elected officials to sign a civility pledge.

The letters, personalized and sent directly to each of the offices, asked officials to commit to this pledge: “I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior. I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them. I will stand against incivility when I see it.”

More than a month later, only one lawmaker — Representative Frank R. Wolf, Republican of Virginia — has signed.

Only two others have even acknowledged the request, including one candidate for a House seat in Florida who signed the pledge online. The office of Gov. David A. Paterson of New York responded with a letter saying it would “seriously study the issues.”
Wow. That's... sad.

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