Senate Republicans voted unanimously last week for elections that are competitions of cash, with candidates who amass the most money empowered to shout down opponents. The GOP rejected elections that are contests of ideas won by candidates offering the best concepts.
The U.S. House of Representatives today looks strikingly like a high school or college student government. And no offense to hardworking student leaders, but that's not meant to be a compliment.
If our federal elected community wants to play nice, they will. If they don't, they won't. Call it reflexive partisanship, call it cantankerous cronyism, call it Ishmael. Really, who cares?