After running across this quote I was struck with a thought. If much of the gridlock we see in our government today is caused by hyper-partisanship, extreme left and right zealots, misrepresentations of the character by members of opposing parties, and a willful disregard for trying to see things from other's perspectives is it possible that all of these things can be not bad in themselves? I don't know the answer to the question but I do believe that it helps to explain the levels of negative emotion we see in our politics today. People believe so strongly that what they stand for is right that they feel justified in painting as crude a caricature of their opponents as necessary to win the hearts and minds of the public. I posit that gridlock is perpetuated today by too many people righteously willing to get 'dirty hands'.