"But, as John McCain declared, 'This is what the legislative process is all
about' -- and in the sense that it's a sloppily drafted bottomless pit of
unintended consequences on a potentially cosmic scale whose sweeping 'reforms'
will inevitably require even more sweeping reforms of the reforms in a year or
two's time, he's quite right. Also, as Senator McCain says, 'This is what
bipartisanship is all about.' ... I'm not a fan of 'bipartisanship' for its own
sake. This is a very divided political culture in which bipartisanship is all
but nonexistent on everything else, starting with war and national security. So,
when the political class is in lockstep bipartisan mode, that's sufficiently
unusual all by itself. When it's in bipartisan mode on an issue on which the
public is diametrically opposed, that looks less like bipartisanship and more
like the lockstep myopia of an out-of-touch one-party state. "
While I do give more credit to bipartisanship, I think that there are a couple good points made in this. One is that agreement just for agreements sake makes me think of what was said about neutral parties in a war. They always lose, because they can neither share the pain of the defeated or the glory of the victor. When you agree to agree just to agree you end up with a position that almost no one agrees with. The other is that this is a bill that creates more problems than it solves.