Remember when Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, vowed to demonstrate that his party could actually govern rather than merely obstruct? Apparently, neither does Sen. McConnell.
Hyper-partisanship has been the rule in Washington ever since Barack Obama assumed the presidency in 2009. Partisan gridlock has produced two government shutdowns and has often led to paralysis in dealing with vital national issues like fixing Medicare and other government programs. The Republican refusal to work with the other party in the traditional give-and-take of politics began with the Affordable Care Act and extended to virtually every other important domestic and foreign policy issue.