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

01.14.13 3:00 PM ET

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?