For that reason, it's important that voters seek out lawmakers who see politics as the art of the possible, not as an exercise in partisan trench warfare. Lawmakers who know how to compromise, rather than hold out for some unlikely distant day when their side will have complete control.
This need not mean that voters should choose only moderates.
The short form of this wisdom is...compromise your principals. Of course, the Liberal editorial board of USA Today has consistently showed that they are only interested in compromise if they are in the weaker position. And, if that doesn't work, there is always legislation via the Bench.It is more than possible for liberal and conservative members to work together on some areas while disagreeing on others. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah conservative, and the late senator Edward Kennedy, the quintessential Massachusetts liberal, were famous for it.
Hogwash!!! Damn the torpedoes...full speed ahead.