Published Monday, the column was written before Jim Bunning, a baseball pitcher turned Republican senator from Kentucky, abandoned his one-man stand against extending unemployment insurance. But it covers a lot of ground under the headline, “Living with partisanship.”
I encourage everyone to read the whole column by clicking on this link. But even if you don’t have the time or inclination, you might be interested in the most telling comment, explaining what Dionne sees as “the philosophical and emotional divide” between Democrats and Republicans:
“Democrats on the whole believe in using government to correct the inequities and inefficiencies the market creates, while Republicans on the whole think market outcomes are almost always better than anything government can produce.
“That’s not cheap partisanship. It’s a fundamental divide.”