Bipartisanship is not dead, but it is certainly on life support. This year’s health care debate was one of the most bitter, partisan affairs I have ever seen. The partisan rancor on Capitol Hill during this debate made the Clinton impeachment proceedings seem downright congenial.
I believe that too many people in Washington, D.C., have misread the mood of the country. Yes, there is a growing and real anger among voters all across this country. This anger, however, isn’t partisan. This Democratic Congress, like its recent Republican predecessors, enjoys abysmal approval ratings. Even President Barack Obama, who rode a wave of optimism into the White House, has seen his approval numbers tumble in the face of growing voter discontent. Unfortunately for Republicans, the news isn’t any better. The Republican Party’s brand continues to suffer, even as we enjoy the politically opportune “party out of power” status.
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The author, former Congressman Amo Houghton, participated in our June 16 conference, Breaking the Stalemate: Renewing a Bipartisan Dialogue. For more information, click here.