Is Political Compromise Dead?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 19 2012 @ 5:31pm

Ezra Klein uses the Republican flip on healthcare mandates to argue that if it isn't dead, it's surely pining for the fjords:

"The basic way you wanted to put together a big deal five years ago is that the thoughtful minds in one party would basically go off and write a bill that had seventy per cent of their orthodoxy and thirty per cent of the other side’s orthodoxy and try to use that to peel off five or six senators from the other side," [Jason Grumet, the president of the Bipartisan Policy Center] says. "That process just doesn’t work anymore." The remarkable and confusing trajectory of the individual-mandate debate, in other words, could simply be the new norm.