Interesting strategy, instead of the same old yakety, yak of the institutionalized folks in DC, the microphone was given to Jim Wallis an evangelical leader.. note Wallis has equally criticized both parties in his book, "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get it". http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/02/AR2006120200432.html WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans should work together to find new ways to end poverty, curb government corruption and strengthen families, Rev. Jim Wallis said Saturday. "Answering the call to lift people out of poverty will require spiritual commitment and bipartisan political leadership," Wallis, the head of the liberal Sojourners/Call to Renewal, an evangelical social justice movement, said in the weekly Democratic radio address. "Real solutions must transcend partisan politics," he said. "It is time to find common ground by moving to higher ground."... In the address, Wallis stressed the spiritual underpinnings of issues facing the new Congress, saying leaders need a "new, morally centered discourse on politics." "Corruption in government violates our basic principles," he said. "Money and power distort our political decision-making and even our elections." He said protecting the environment is a "moral and religious question" and that changing U.S. policy in Iraq is essential. "Leaders in both parties are acknowledging that the only moral and practical course is to dramatically change the direction of U.S. policy, starting with an honest national debate about how to extricate U.S. forces from Iraq with the least possible damage to everyone involved," Wallis said. He also suggested both parties could find common ground on the divisive issue of abortion. "Wouldn't coming together to find common ground that dramatically reduces the number of abortions be better than both the left and the right using it as an issue to divide us?" he asked.