Don't Blame Polarization
THE SOURCE: “The Gridlock Myth” by Michael Barone, in The American Interest, Nov.–Dec. 2010.
Does America’s polarized political landscape render bipartisan legislation impossible? Are supermajorities the only way to move beyond gridlock? No, contends Michael Barone, coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics. Partisanship isn’t the reason why politicians don’t reach across the aisle—rather, it’s the fear that they’ll lose their seats.