partisan bickering—a period when conservatives are unexpectedly gaining the upper hand.
gridlock—a time when liberal legislation polls less than 50 percent among the American people.
bipartisanship—triangulating Republican legislators who join liberals on key legislation.
filibuster—a sometimes necessary Senate remedy to thwart reactionary excess — in its perverted form, unnaturally turned on progressives.
centrist—a Republican who votes for Democratic-sponsored legislation; to be distinguished from an opportunist, who, as a Democrat, votes for Republican-sponsored legislation.