article published in one of the New York Times' blog today which is really worth reading. The author comes back on the failures of the Senate to create bipartisanship in the legislative process.
While she argues that governing in America's political system of checks and balances is really difficult, she insists that this should not be as impossible as it is now. As far as last month, Senator Olympia Snowe retired describing a Senate that "routinely jettisons regular order".
According to the author, not only do such rules as the filibuster and the holds lead to obstruction in the legislative process, but the senators themselves and especially their leaders are responsible for this climate of hyperpartisanship. Indeed, as far as the healthcare bill is concerned, some Republican senators had started to work with Democrats on the bill, but the minority leader McConnell had already decided that all Republican senators should vote against the bill.
Not only should the filibuster and holds be reformed but the senators should also have a crucial role in reestablishing a climate of trust between the parties. Last September, Senator Alexander left the Republican Party so that he may be able to freely vote on bills proposed by the majority. It is only one individual step, but this can give us hope that some senators might be ready for change.