The gridlock myth?

Michael Barone, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of American politics, writes:

The evidence suggests that partisan polarization in the absence of supermajorities does not cause gridlock.  What can and has caused it on so many important domestic policy issues has been electoral volatility.  From the TARP example to a raft of others, it is clear that as long as enough congressional members with safe seats are prepared to hammer out deals across party and ideological lines, significant legislation can pass.

That is from the November/December 2010 issue of The American Interest.


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