A Washington Post column by the veteran political observer E.J. Dionne is already a bit dated but it still deserves to be widely read.

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.”

Keith Graham

Keith Graham

Keith Graham was among the recipients of the prestigious Stella Artois prize at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival. Named for a blind piano player, he is also well known for always giving money to street accordion players. A quotation that he considers meaningful comes from the Irish writer Roddy Doyle: "The family trees of the poor don't grow to any height." In addition to contributing to Like the Dew, Keith frequently posts quotations and links and occasionally longer articles at http://tartantambourine.com/