Perspective on partisanship

Robert Reich on TPMCafe blogged on Sen. Evan Byah’s resignation and the claim that partisanship is destroying Congress.  Here’s an excerpt:

“The real problem isn’t partisanship. Bold views and strong positions are fine. Democratic debate and deliberation can be enhanced by them.

The problem is the intransigence and belligerence that has taken over Congress and much of the rest of the public — a profound distrust of people “on the other side,” an unwillingness to compromise, a bitterness and anger disproportionate to issues being discussed.

Anger makes good television, but it’s fake and it teaches Americans the wrong lessons. Anger also can win elections (Senate Republicans haven’t given Obama any votes because they’ve been eyeing the 2010 midterms since he took office, hoping for a rerun of 1994), but partisan anger is just as fake, and it undermines the capacity of our democracy to do the public’s business.”

Please read the rest at:

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/16/a_thought_on_evan_bayh_and_partisan_america/

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