At key turning points in history, dramatic events seem to come together to force cooperation between even the most reluctant partisans. In the face of devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, for instance, even a brief government shutdown became unthinkable, so Republicans and Democrats worked together to provide disaster relief and raise the debt ceiling.
Meanwhile, the H-bomb explosion by North Korea means that all sides should rally behind the president in his strong economic or military response to the brutal regime in Pyongyang, and to build-up our armed forces.
Finally, there’s the new six-month deadline for so-called “Dreamers”. The prospect of deporting 800,000 gainfully employed young Americans, who’ve been raised since childhood in the US, would do major economic and social damage. Liberals must, therefore, work with conservatives, rather than trying to score partisan political points, to achieve meaningful immigration reform and enhanced border security.
Big challenges require big and bi-partisan responses, including better coordination between Congress and the President.