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Reader: Washington gridlock by Republican Partys design
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The Republican primary circus is marching on and many Americans are saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, saying “We want our country back.” What this storyline forgets is Washington gridlock is by design: The GOP leaders held a meeting on the evening of President Barack Obama’s first inauguration and explicitly decided on a policy of non-cooperation to deny him anything approaching a bipartisan triumph. Achieving a victory by causing opponents to quarrel among themselves was a political maxim known to and practiced by the Romans (divide et impera, meaning divide and conquer).