I can’t really claim to having said it first, but it looks as though Richard Yeselson, Ezra Klein, and Kevin Drum all agree with me. Political polarization plus a stupidly-designed legislature have broken the American government. We have seen the future, and it is California.
I mean, when someone as patently irrational as Joe Lieberman controls a veto point, we have a problem. Maybe not a failure mode, but a clear problem.
As they say, “Destruction leads to a very rough road, but it also breeds creation.” Problem is, it isn’t clear that we're headed towards destruction, per se, just a slow decline as the health system collapses, the fiscal pressures ratchet up, and the climate goes kablooie on us. Eventually, we hit the end state, or whatever 2030’s version looks like.