Apparently the Republican leader Mitch McConnell and the Majority leader of the Senate Harry Reid have a quiet deal not to campaign against each other. From what I read, Reid kept his side of the deal in 2008, and McConnell is reciprocating.
It is a good idea.
America needs institutional mores and customs that go beyond the written law.
We need to establish a strong culture of excellence.
It is embarassing for two leaders who necessarily have to work together to also be campaigning against each other. No matter how partisan Washington has become, at the end of the day, the Senate Rules force bipartisanship.
This agreement between the leaders is in a fine tradition. I rank it along side the actual rules forbidding speaking badly on the Senate and House floor against another member personally.
It is easy to attack the process and the people in it.
I've done it regularly, and will do so when warranted.
But we should also look for evidence that this still is the greatest country on earth.
It is. And we should strive to keep it that way.
Deals like this matter.