Polarization

01.14.1310:00 AM ET

Here's Something Debt Ceiling Obstinance May Create: A New Bipartisan Era

Party Polarization: 1879-2011 ()

Bruce Bartlett wonders if the obstinance of the GOP's conservative wing will lead to a new era of bipartisanship. As he explains, the last - a coalition of conservative Republicans and Southern Democrats - began after FDR's failed court-packing scheme. Will a new overstep such as voluntary default be the impetus for realignment between the parties?

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