Compromise and ideology

The aim of legislation is not bipartisan compromise but effective law. While bipartisan compromise can be a virtuous route to effective law, it also can create distraction leading to wreckage. Bipartisan compromise never should be an end in itself. Political observers are preparing to grieve bipartisanship’s death, which they see as foreshadowed by primary election wins by Republicans associated with the tea party movement. Tea party adherents assert conservative fundamentals and therefore are characterized by opponents as ideologues resistant to compromise. Democrats blame them for trouble the 112th Congress has had passing laws. Already, setbacks to bipartisanship are election-year issu...

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