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Everybody loves the spirit of compromise. Except voters.

Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By JAY COST
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In the past, compromise has been possible on certain issues, but not on anything like the challenges we face now: a looming entitlement crisis, a middle-class squeeze, persistently weak economic growth. Moreover, none of these problems can be solved by men and women of goodwill simply hammering out a bargain. It would require some kind of guidance from the nation at large, and the country has steadfastly refused to offer any. By pointing the finger at Washington, No Labels plays to the vanity of the “undecided” voter much as it plays to the vanity of moderate pols in Washington. In so doing, however, it offers no solutions. 

Jay Cost is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.