We need to blend inspiration and discipline, optimism and pragmatism, just as Walt did a half century ago.
As the campaign shifts from the primary to the general, even the edgiest candidates begin to show signs of pragmatism.
At the same time, this focus on pragmatism is a tacit acknowledgment from the president.
"matter-of-fact treatment," 1825, from Greek pragmat-, stem of pragma "that which has been done" (see pragmatic) + -ism. As a philosophical doctrine, 1898, said to be from 1870s; probably from German Pragmatismus. As a name for a political theory, from 1951. Related: Pragmatist (1630s as "busybody;" 1892 as "adherent of a pragmatic philosophy").
pragmatism prag·ma·tism (prāg'mə-tĭz'əm)
A way of approaching situations or solving problems that emphasizes practical applications and consequences.