How to Begin the Healing

Frank Luntz in the New York Times:

08luntz-master768Let us hope that the leader we choose will have the courage and wisdom to heal a wounded nation and declare “enough is enough.” It’s time to govern.

For decades, that healing has begun on election night with a concession speech. The vanquished candidate, usually surrounded by family and friends, accepts defeat with remarkable grace and dignity, and asks supporters to accept the will of the people: “We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them, and that is what must be expected of anyone.”

I know that language works because it came from Mrs. Clinton in the third presidential debate, and it was her best debate moment, according to the focus-group session for CBS News. The concession speech is a trademark of our democracy, and we are stronger for it. Let us hope we don’t have to wait hours or days to hear it.

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