Don’t miss this nuanced debate on the Senate’s role in our government and whether or not Democrats and Republicans can work together – without screwing over their constituents.
On today’s show, international trade lawyer and former ambassador Ira Shapiro talked about the dangerous partisan divide that has stopped the Senate from working, as detailed in his upcoming book, “Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country?”
Republicans and Democrats may never agree on an issue like abortion, but why can’t they work together on a bill for better infrastructure?
“Total partisanship has diminished our ability to work things out,” Shapiro argued.
On the other hand, Doc was concerned that “working together” just means compromise.
“What I don’t like is when they ‘work things out’ where it was selling out principles and values,” Doc said. “There’s enough common ground where they don’t really have to venture into areas that are so divisive.”