Now Obama, GOP need to work together

Kansas didn’t share in Tuesday’s re-election of President Obama, seeing its six electoral votes go to Republican Mitt Romney. If Obama’s win suggests a desire on American voters’ part to stick with the status quo, it also promises more debilitating partisanship. It could be a long four years. The nation needs quick and decisive action from its president and Congress on the spiraling debt, mounting entitlement obligations, stalled economy and other fiscal issues. Foreign affairs, especially in the unpredictable Middle East, will require cool heads and carefully measured and coordinated responses. With the GOP-led House still defined by its antagonism for Obama and especially Obamacare, and the Senate still in Democratic hands, the prospects are bleak for bipartisan problem-solving. The need for a new generation of Bob Doles and Tip O’Neills will be urgent.