Take The Poison Out Of Washington's Air

Partisanship is hardly new to American politics. The Federalists and the Anti-Federalists were at one another's throats even before the Constitution was signed, while the Democrats and Whigs fought bitterly throughout the early 1800s. But rarely in the two centuries-plus of this nation's history has the level of acrimony between political parties reached such poisonous heights as it has today. Not only does it imperil critical legislation, from health-care reform to the crime bill, but it also undermines the public's confidence in the ability of any party to actually govern. This is dangerous indeed.

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