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Thursday, 14 September 2017 07:30

Two senators, a piano and a harmonica: The key to bipartisan harmony?

Written by  Ed O'Keefe

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) practice ahead of a musical performance on the Tennessee and Virginia state line this Friday. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)

What do you call two senators from different parties who plan to perform together at a concert?

The Amateurs.

That’s the band name Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are using Friday for a one-night-only performance at the Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol — a city in southwestern Virginia or northeastern Tennessee, depending on where you’re standing.

Alexander and Kaine represent either side of the town and are the states’ former governors. They both strike a moderate tone on Capitol Hill and are well liked by members of both parties, with whom they frequently collaborate. They’re also accomplished musicians.

Given that common bond, is their upcoming concert the key to restoring bipartisanship in Washington? Maybe.

After all, Alexander leads the committee responsible for salvaging health-care legislation, and Kaine is a member. Alexander has tried to negotiate deals to keep the Senate from overhauling its procedural rules, and Kaine wants to strike a bipartisan deal on when Congress declares war.

For now, let’s just admire their musicality.

Alexander, 77, is a skilled piano player who has used his keyboard prowess throughout his political career.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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