In the end, the real fight in Washington is not whether to reach across the aisle. It is which of the parties can better build an agenda that reflects the vital center. Republican indolence, for whatever reason, is not sufficient reason to abandon the progressive pursuit of bipartisanship. Our political capital will grow if we reassure swing voters that we are committed to the type of agenda bipartisanship engenders. If progressives want to keep their hands on the levers of power, we ought to keep our eye on the electorate's broad middle, and pursue a policy agenda that reflects their understanding of Washington.
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