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Listen Up. A Six-Pack & Beer Summits Can Save The Nation.

on 03/08/13 at 11:35 am


imagesAttempting to put the kibosh on their kerfuffle, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made a peace offering this week to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The two Republicans have been fussing and fuming over governmental spying and spending.

“Anytime he would like to come down and sit at a pub right around the corner from the Senate — we’ll have a beer,” Paul Neal Cavuto of Fox News.

Christie RSVP’d to Paul’s invitation by Fox News: “I’m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don’t really have time for that at the moment.”

But the idea of the two feuding men hunkering down over a couple of brewskis to iron out their wrinkles and rankles is intriguing.

Because, well, beer. It can be a modern-day peace pipe.

“We talk about which politician you’d want to have a beer with,” observes NPR colleague Alan Greenblatt, but many times “beer summits” are held “when pols have to talk to people they don’t want to.”

And so we offer a look back at a half-dozen suds-softened sitdowns through the years:

2013: Over a plate of sliders and a pitcher of light beer, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., discuss the difficult issue of tax reform, to Politico.

2013: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Denis McDonough, President Obama’s chief of staff, share some springtime suds at a Washington brasserie, Time .