I agree, Doug, it would be nice if BOTH sides would work together. In the meantime, though, I'll stick with gridlock, because although there are Republican congressmen and women that I respect and agree with, the ones currently at the top of the party aren't they. (Read: Bush.) As long as his is the agenda, I'll stay with gridlock. What I don't understand is the contention that MAV and others seem to be making that each party should be the most extreme versions of themselves they can be. Extremismof any sort is almost never the most practical or rational application of ideas or idealogies.