Full disclosure: Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute is a friend of mine. He has been a friend since he first worked in the Senate on a nonpartisan fellowship. I don't agree with everything he says, but I do agree with his recent analysis that the Republicans are more to blame than Democrats for the gridlock and hyperpartisanship that has made Congress dysfunctional.
Accordingly, now that Senate Republican leader McConnell has branded Norm as "ultra, ultra liberal," I want to give space for Norm's rebuttal. He quotes McConnell's own statements in support of his gridlock strategy. Read them for yourself.