Want a dysfunctional government? Then Mourdock is your guy If you're among that 12 percent of the American public that looks at our dysfunctional and divided Congress and gives it a thumbs up, then I have the perfect political candidate for you.
BigNews.Biz - Apr 11,2012 - Want a dysfunctional government?
Then Mourdock is your guy
Indianapolis Star (Opinion)
By Matthew Tully
April 10, 2012
If you're among that 12 percent of the American public that looks at our dysfunctional and divided Congress and gives it a thumbs up, then I have the perfect political candidate for you.
His name is Richard Mourdock, and he proudly says that if he is elected to the U.S. Senate he'll do what he can to deepen those partisan divides, which would only add to the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. When asked in an interview last week at The Star about the problems with partisan gridlock in Congress, he pushed back with this depressing bit of philosophy: "We need less bipartisanship in Congress."
Yes, folks, in an era when Democrats and Republicans seem one step from brawling on the House and Senate floors, Mourdock sees the problem as too much bipartisanship. That's like saying the Colts problem last season was too many wins. It's a scary thought from someone who, thanks in part to the backing of a handful of Super PACs and special-interest groups, is in a tight battle against Sen. Richard Lugar for the Republican Senate nomination.
In politics, there are partisans who truly believe in and fight for their principles and policy ideas as they seek to craft solutions to big problems. And then there are people like Mourdock - unbending ideologues who believe the only acceptable outcome to any argument is a complete victory by their side. In a diverse nation, such victories are largely impossible. And, so, under this type of thinking nothing gets done.