We'll never work together in the current climate. When the public gets too interested in something real, like drone assassinations or the financial crisis, we will be distracted by some other emotionally-laden issue such as gun control or abortion that they throw at us like meat to dogs. And, no offense, but the media laps it up because emotional topics sell papers.
The real problems are too hard to fix for politicians that are worried about being reelected, so thus they never will be.
Just my opinion. I didn't use to be this cynical.