To Hell with Unity | by Fintan O’Toole

February 28, 2021 ☼ bidengopbipartisanship

Source: The New York Review of Books - Link

What Biden surely understands by now is that he does not have to break those fetters—the Republican Party has done the job for him. The willingness of most congressional Republicans to endorse Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the November election and their unwillingness to convict Trump for his role in the violent putsch of January 6 may be horrifying. But these choices are also clarifying. There can be no illusions of accord, or even of civilized dispute. There is only a minority that will do everything in its considerable power to thwart, to wreck, to undermine.

Bipartisanship is dead. Newt Gingrich killed it back in 1994. Since then it has been scorched earth politics. Any proposal by any Democrat has been met with nearly 100% opposition.