Wicoff adds, “Sometimes the people with the most unassailable credits as a conservative can be the ones to make the overture.”
And the opening ballet between the overture and "Runyonland" wasn't working; it was out, it was back in, it was out again.
Bob Woodward's scoop today about Roger Ailes's overture to David Petraeus is well worth your time.
mid-13c., "opening, aperture;" early 15c. as "an introductory proposal," from Old French overture "opening; proposal" (Modern French ouverture), from Latin apertura "opening," from aperire "to open, uncover" (see overt). Orchestral sense first recorded in English 1660s.