WASHINGTON Sen. Pat Roberts likes to quote a piece of advice from his mentor, the late U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius of Kansas: Smother your enemies with the milk of human kindness and pray it doesnt curdle.
Its a strategy the octogenarian Republican lawmaker used to help pass a farm bill this month with unanimous Democratic support in the Senate a notable feat in a Congress often gridlocked by partisan squabbles.
To Roberts, a Kansas Republican who first arrived on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide in 1967, this is how the legislative process is supposed to work: Collaborative, collegial, competent.
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