Polling editor says lack of 'clean victory' for GOP, Dems in midterms could make it easier to work together

RealClearPolitics Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that the lack of a "clean victory" for Democrats and Republicans could compel the two sides to come together. 

"In 1982 ... the Republicans under Ronald Reagan lost I think 26 seats, but they didn't lose Senate seats," Cannon told host  Joe Concha. 

"So it was similar to this dynamic. Each side felt they had done OK, but each side felt a little bit vulnerable, and so what that produced was the Greenspan Commission that saved Social Security," he continued. "And literally, this was made possible, and Jim Baker and people on the commission said that because of the midterm election results because it wasn't a clean victory for one side."

"Sometimes that's the best prescription for getting something done," he said. 

Cannon's comments come two weeks after Democrats took back the majority in the House, while Republicans increased their majority in the Senate. 

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that Democrats will strive for bipartisanship in the new Congress. 

"We will strive for bipartisanship in the belief that we have a responsibility to seek common ground where we can,” Pelosi said. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE said after the midterms that he wanted "unity and peace and love," but on Monday he said that any bipartisan cooperation would end if Democrats tried to investigate him.

— Julia Manchester