THE QUESTION

A House divided

Can people -- Congresspeople, at that -- who strongly disagree with each other come up with and execute a successful game plan? Is this a recipe for a lose-lose scenario, or might a surprise be in the offing?

Posted by Success Editors on November 8, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Getting the job done

Can Congress execute a successful game plan with this political split? Of course it can. Congress has been in this business for more than 200 years.

Posted by Jan Scruggs, on November 8, 2010 12:00 AM

The Civility War

Disagreement is the foundation of true agreement. If everyone agrees too quickly, it can be a sign that we're not being honest with each other.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on November 8, 2010 12:00 AM

In praise of conflict

The reality is that the "bitter enmity" of politicians is about as real as a WWF show. Throwing and taking fake punches is part of the entertainment. It's all part of the job.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on November 8, 2010 12:00 AM

Harmony is overrated

Fresh off of every election, there is self-congratulation and the talk of mandate. But the grandstanding generally gives way to governance, which requires a clash, then compromise.

Posted by Hile Rutledge, on November 8, 2010 12:00 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

wendystevens: Disagreement is one thing, but out and out contempt as in Mitch McConnell stating that his goal is to get Obama out, is something else again...

bobbo2: When President Obama became President and the Democrats had all the marbles they were not particularly interested in anything the Republican...

changeisconstant: Boehner and Cantor are going to make Pelosi look like a saint....

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