ICYMI – Gerald Seib Column on Political Violence in WSJ Highlights Delaney Message to Unify the Country


Monday, October 29, 2018

CONTACT: Ahmed Elsayed, 301-500-8642, ahmed@johnkdelaney.compress@johnkdelaney.com


ICYMI – Gerald Seib Column on Political Violence in WSJ Highlights Delaney Message to Unify the Country


WASHINGTON –  Writing on the “angry national mood” in today’s Wall Street Journal, Gerald Seib concludes his piece by commenting on Congressman John K. Delaney’s efforts to offer an alternative built around civility and unity. Seib references Delaney’s book, The Right Answer – How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation, which is focused on ending partisan warfare and building a new political culture around compromise and respect.

In his column, “Violence That Changes Everything, and Nothing” Seib writes,

“Interestingly, there is one Democrat already running for president who has staked his entire campaign on the proposition that people want a unifying figure. And almost no one knows who he is. 

He’s Maryland Rep. John Delaney, a centrist who has been working the vineyards of Iowa and New Hampshire with a pledge to bring together a divided nation. He’s even produced a campaign book titled “The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation.” In it, he writes, “We’ve got to stop retreating to our corners and complaining about each other.”

Is anybody listening? We’ll find out soon enough.”


Delaney Campaigning on Unity, Civility, Respect, A New Political Tone

– In May, Delaney published The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation.

  • The Right Answer takes its title from a speech by President Kennedy that states, “let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer.
  • The book includes chapters titled, “Embrace Compromise” and “See Both Sides”, lengthy descriptions of how we break down hyperpartisanship and forge a new path.
  • In the book, Delaney writes, “I don’t believe that half the country is entirely wrong about everything they believe. We wouldn’t be the greatest country in the world if that were true.”


– In Delaney’s campaign announcement last year, published as an op-ed in the Washington Post, Delaney wrote: “The American people are far greater than the sum of our political parties. It is time for us to rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the seemingly impossible.”

– Delaney’s first television ad, “Dirty Word” – which first aired in Iowa in January – calls for bipartisanship.

– In January, Delaney spoke on civility and bipartisanship at Georgetown. In June, Delaney spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on “How to Bring Civility, Respect and Problem-Solving Back to Washington.”

– A feature by Matthew Cooper in Washingtonian magazine led with Delaney’s plan to be civil. “We should be the party that brings civility back to politics,” he says, not as a throwaway line but as an expression of the highest priority of Democrats, insisting it’s the only path to good policy and electoral victories.

– On the campaign trail, Delaney has said that he will only do bipartisan bills during his first 100 days,an effort to show the entire country that they are represented and that government works for the common interest.

– Covering Delaney’s campaign in Iowa, Paul Schwartzman at the Washington Post wrotethat Delaney was campaigning on “the way to end the political warfare paralyzing Washington.”

– Profiling Delaney in Politico MagazineEdward-Isaac Dovere wrote, “his whole pitch centers around a wonky, policy-minded bipartisan unity in the face of national crisis—“the cost of doing nothing is not nothing,” he writes in his book, The Right Answer, its title drawn from a John F. Kennedy quote about looking for that instead of the Republican or Democratic answer.”

– Writing about Delaney in the Washington PostFred Hiatt described how Delaney’s campaign message is about unifying the country and setting a new tone:

  • “Delaney champions plenty of specific policy measures in his book, “The Right Answer: How We Can Unify Our Divided Nation”: universal prekindergarten to broaden opportunity, an expanded earned-income tax credit to boost low-wage workers, universally available (but not mandatory) national service for high school graduates, and more. But his broader message is that one party alone isn’t going to accomplish any of these — and that even the most sensible and broadly supported reforms aren’t happening because of the hyperpartisanship that is “destroying our country.” “Imagine that you’re trying to do business with someone and the first words out of your mouth are ‘You’re stupid and everything you think is wrong. Now let’s work out a deal,’ ” he writes in his book. “That would never fly in the business world, and it obviously doesn’t work so well in politics, either.”

– Coverage from Erin Murphy in the Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA) included the following feedback, “He says, ‘Let’s work on things we agree on and let’s have a discussion on things we disagree on,’ ” said Conklin, the Iowa woman who greeted Delaney at the State Fair. “And I think we need more of that.”