Democrats and Republicans talk a lot about bipartisanship, about “reaching across the aisle” to build coalitions for legislation that puts the country’s needs above political agendas but, in the end, is mostly talk.
Neither side has any real interest in bipartisanship because working with the other side does not fit the political agendas of either party.
Democrat Steny Hoyer admitted recently he intentionally voted against a Bush administration proposal during the previous administration not because it was the right thing to do but because it would help put Democrats back in power.
Now Democrats are back in power and Republicans pull the same stunts in the hope that their efforts to undermine bipartisanship will restore the party of the elephant to the top jobs in Congress.
It’s an old game that puts politics first and the country second.