The Manichean dichotomy that separates America into red and blue partisan camps may be easy to understand. But the most salient schism in our politics isn’t between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between the pragmatists in both parties who want to engage across the aisle, and the purists in both parties who are content to engage in endless tribal warfare — a strategy that hasn’t worked for either side, and has left Washington mired in gridlock.
Today’s dysfunction has been a long time coming. The turning point may have been when President George H.W. Bush agreed to… …read more
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