A report today on reducing partisan bickering and gridlock in American politics deserves close attention and consideration. While it doesn’t address all the problems that keep Washington in a bind, it sets forth a number of practical and achievable steps that would begin to break up the logjam.
The political stalemate in the nation’s capital is not simply business as usual. The members of the commission, many of them former members of Congress representing both parties, can personally attest that the political climate today is the harshest in memory. Commission co-chairman Olympia Snowe, a former Republican senator from Maine, declined to run for reelection in 2012 because of a hostile atmosphere that made working across the aisle, a Senate tradition, nearly impossible.