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The structure of our party politics now is more like the 19th century than the 20th, we are not going to have a regionally based civil war, the way they did in the 1860s. But it seems naive to expect that the way out of the present situation is going to be with the significant bipartisan cooperation of leadership in the two political parties. ... We can't even get the two political parties to agree to investigate a violent assault on the Capitol building itself.
Partisan conflict was not a full reflection of existential or constitutional worldview in a way that we have come much closer to today, and that meant it was possible to undertake some major legal reforms that the leadership of both parties could buy in to.
If Eric Foner are someone who thinks that the reforms of the 1860s and 1960s are good things, it's easy to look back at Kyrsten Sinema -LRB- D-AZ -RRB- as if Kyrsten Sinema -LRB- D-AZ -RRB- were templates and say,' All good people today agree those are good things and those are the kind of things we should do,' without remembering that those things were intensely controversial when Kyrsten Sinema -LRB- D-AZ -RRB- happened.
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