It was another typical week in Washington under the Trump administration last week: the president made inflammatory tweets and comments on a number of issues, outrage ensued from a large portion of the country, and responding outrage at the outrage followed.
This week the president's handling of military deaths became the lightning rod. Next week it will likely be something else.
Rinse and repeat.
And nothing of substance is getting done.
But amid last week's shouting came a small indication that our elected federal officials are still capable of working together to get something accomplished for the benefit of the American people.
A bipartisan measure aimed at trying to stabilize the volatile health insurance market was announced by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Take a second to think about that. Democratic and Republican lawmakers reaching a deal on health care. It's an agreement that gives some ground to both sides, and it could help calm markets down at a vital time for consumers.
But standing in the way are some hard-line Republicans, still fixated on their desire to obliterate the Affordable Care Act passed by a Democratic congress under a Democratic president.
To get this measure to a vote and over the finish line requires the vocal and persistent effort of the more practical Republicans who have taken the time to understand the complexities of the health care environment.
One of those people is, we think, our own congressman, U.S. Rep. John Katko. Since being elected to represent central New York in Washington, Katko has consistently voted against the poorly designed ACA repeal measures that his party's leaders have pushed.
Now Katko has an opportunity to get behind health-care legislation that's bipartisan and in keeping with the parameters he's discussed during his previous repeal votes.
The congressman was traveling overseas last week, so we didn't hear from him on the question of whether he supports the Alexander/Murray proposal. We hope that he does, but we also hope for him to be a leader by rallying support for a vote in the House of Representatives and encouraging the president to get behind it, too.
It's long past time for Katko and others to stand up for the largely ignored moderate voters who just want to see Republicans and Democrats find some common ground to get things done. This is a perfect opportunity to do just that.
The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.