As we enter the last stretch of campaigning, before elections that will almost certainly continue divided government, many fear there is no end in sight for political gridlock. If it seems that most good government reform efforts are banging against a locked door, take heart: They are.
The good news is there are a set of practical and politically viable measures that can get the wheels of government grinding forward again. According to many commentators, there are three causes of gridlock: money, media and “mandering” – the latter of a “Gerry” nature. To counteract this gridlock, reform efforts have focused on restricting political giving, bemoaning the fragmentation and polarization in our media and removing partisan manipulation from the drawing of congressional districts. However, these headwinds are not new in our democracy. More important, there is little we can accomplish by cursing the storm.