This soggy message just appeared in my driveway:
Why should it be surprising that different parties have different ideas regarding unsettled areas of policy? Politics is all about handling differences of opinion about how things should be done. That’s why people disagree about politics. That’s why conflict exists in politics. We should be surprised, and even suspicious, if there ever appears to be an easy political solution about which everyone agrees. When you find someone calling for “bipartisanship” or “unity” on an issue, pay close attention. The solution usually involves the suggestion that one side in a conflict change its mind.
Read the article under the above headline and that’s what you’ll see: legislators staking out positions and trying to get other legislators to move to theirs. It’s all right for politicians to charge one another with forsaking “bipartisanship”; they’re understandably seeking advantage in conflict. The rest of us, on the other hand, don’t have to lend that term any credence.