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Post-Partisan Depression

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People talk about a bipartisan agreement on health care as if it's the highest goal. We had an election in 2008, and the Democrats won the presidency and significant majorities in the House and the Senate. The notion that those of us who won the election with a solid majority should compromise 50/50 with those who lost; well, then, why not randomly choose sides? Why not just make it a game like a color war at summer camp? Why have elections?

For other thoughts following the President's speech, see my recent interview with Rachel Maddow: