Doyle McManus | More gridlock is the real winner

"I’m going to have to reach across the aisle and meet with good Democrats who love America," the newly moderate Romney told supporters in Virginia last week. "And there are good Democrats like that," he felt it necessary to add.

Obama’s professed his bipartisanship too. "We don’t need a partisan agenda; we need a common-sense agenda," he said in Las Vegas, trying to revive his old post-partisan persona. But the priorities he listed — federal spending on education, energy and job creation — sounded as Democratic as ever.

Both candidates have plenty of plans — for fiscal policy, economic policy and every other kind of policy. But neither has offered much of a plan for bridging the partisan divide and breaking the deadlock over fiscal policy — beyond hoping that the election’s results are one-sided enough to shock the other side into submission.

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