I guess George Will forgot about the good old days when all the media pundits were telling Americans that it was unpatriotic if the Democrats didn't concede to George Bush's will because he had a "mandate." Now the obstruction we've seen for the last two years that will worsen after the mid-term elections means that the government is working. Okay George. George Will thinks whatever gets Republicans elected is just fantastic no matter how much harm it does to the country or our economy.
And like the rest of the talking heads in our media cooperation and bipartisanship means Democrats going along with everything Republicans want and ignoring their base.
WILL: Doesn't matter, though, because if Mitch McConnell has 48 senators, he will always have 41 senators for whatever he wants to have 41 for.
Let me just say this. The Republican Party is being told to be the party of no. No more stimulus spending. No cap-and-trade. No card check. None of this other stuff. Gridlock is not an American problem. It's an American achievement. The framers of our Constitution didn't want an efficient government; they wanted a safe government. To which end they filled it with slowing and blocking mechanisms. Three branches of government, two branches of the legislative branch, veto, veto override, supermajority, judicial review.
ROBERTS: And we added to that the partisan rate so that we not only have institutional gridlock, we have partisan gridlock, which the voters overwhelmingly voted for.
WILL: What I'm saying, Cokie, is that when we have gridlock, the system is working.