Confrontational Politics Can Be Good for All Sides
President Obama was mad as hell and wasn’t going to take it anymore.
Nuance, subtlety and appeals to reason weren’t cutting it. So when it came to trying to break gridlock on the confirmation of a director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Obama did it the old fashioned way: He picked a fight.
Another advantage to gridlock is that it often requires both parties to be more sophisticated in their strategizing.
That’s good for the many political buffs who are also sports fans. One of the joys of watching two outstanding baseball teams (say the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox) is not only do you get to see first-rate players but also see the effectiveness of the dueling strategies.