Partisan conflict is how our system is supposed to work. The problem is that for all the blustering neither party is actually opposed to the other. I will take the recent debt ceiling thing. In the end Obama capitulated pretty much entirely to the Republican demands. They know this, they STILL COMPLAINED! Why? I stand by my statement. The more I see of double-talk on both sides the more it reaffirms my theory. They are all rich beyond possibly being able to say they are a "common man" (or woman). They may not see themselves as "rich" but they also make far more than the average person, and have more benefits than MOST people.