In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the state Senate approved a budget.
That’s worth exclaiming over, since it had been 118 days since the end of the last fiscal year. But even more remarkable, the budget passed 33-3 in a body that is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. That is to say, the same people who had spent years glaring at each other over some imaginary line were - finally - able to put their differences aside and work together for the good of those they represent - all of them.
And, no, we are not trying to minimize the legitimate differences in philosophy between the two sides. In fact, that makes their compromise achievement even more remarkable.
Our fantasy wish is that they provide an example for our lawmakers in the U.S. Congress but that seems unlikely as long as the Republicans have a - seemingly - iron grip on the House of Representatives, in much the same way that Democrats have had for so long here in Connecticut. When one party or another has a substantial majority, they have no reason to listen to their opposition.
And that would be wrong.
What the party in power should remember is that enough people voted for the opposition to earn its representative a seat in government. In other words, that delegate represents the interests of a lot of voters.
The answer, as we may be seeing in Hartford this week, is not for any representative to abandon his or her views. The answer is to find ways to work toward solutions that are good for all of us - or at least almost all.