In today's political climate it is unusual to have someone like Sen. Pat Toomey, who attempts to find common ground between the polar opposites that dominate today's headlines. Unfortunately, instead of being praised for trying to break the partisan stalemate, Sen. Toomey seems to be continually under attack by both sides.
When the "gun debate" was at its peak, Sen. Toomey ignored the political risks of reaching out to the liberal faction of the Senate by crafting a bill that addressed some of their concerns while still protecting our Second Amendment rights. However, instead of being praised for being a statesman, he was condemned by the far right for not being an ideologue. Yet when he recognized the inherent problems with the recent immigration bill and voted against it, he was castigated by the far left and called an obstructionist.
When will our country realize that it needs to replace the strident extremists with individuals, like Sen. Toomey, who are able to maintain their moral compasses while still striving to find common ground between the diverse groups that make up our nation?