With the temporary absence of the Gazette's political bloggers, I offer the following to help fill the void some you may be feeling...
I found a couple of Internet articles about bipartisanship yesterday, and I hope you can take the time to read them and post your thoughts.
http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2009/08/21/gop/index.html - serious liberal slant here, but interesting reading none the less.
My take on bipartisanship is this... it's really a shame that the best ideas from both sides likely won't be incorporated to make something happen that apparently the majority of Americans want at least to some degree (I'm specifically talking about health care, but just about every contentious issue could be included in the discussion).
Because of the lack of bipartisanship, we may end up with laws that we hate pushed though by the majority party, when a compromise bill would be better. It seems that political gain is more important than the overall good of our country, and the only reason for pretending to be bipartisan is attracting as many of the large block of independent and moderate voters as possible for the next election.
It's beginning to seem more about party, than country on both sides of the political fence. As a good friend said a while back, there are too many Republicans and Democrats, and not enough Americans. He may be right.
Now it's your turn... play nice!