Though there have been some encouraging signals on immigration reform, the idea that the government can, will or even wants to come together to solve big issues is seeming like a total fallacy, Chris Cillizza wrote in the Washington Post. One reason is that the overwhelming majority of GOP House members come from heavily Republican districts and have a disincentive to compromise. "The only danger for most GOP members of the House is in a primary, not a general election," Cillizza wrote. "And the best way to avoid a primary is to hold the ideological line on anything and everything." Other factors that make a "grand bargain" unlikely are that polarization among the public is at an all-time high, according to polls, and Republicans lack a clear leader for negotiations.
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