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Reagan and O'Neil

Let me preface this thesis with an acknowledgement that the origin of two-party politics in the U.S.wasn’t all tea and cucumber sandwiches. In the 1790s, for instance, Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, and Adams, in various groupings, would just as soon shoot each other rather than compromise. That is to say, the oft repeated notion that Washington (DC) and the nation are now more acerbically polarized than ever before may not in fact be true, and is likely just typical punditocratic hyperbole.… [Read more]