To the Editor:
This is in response to Elaine Rizleris’ letter to the editor (“Buck stops with Obama,” July 13).
In President Obama’s first term, he did try to compromise with Republicans, but they played partisan games with him, opposing things they had favored before just because he was willing to compromise.
Both sides are guilty of too much partisanship. It was Republican leadership who said it wanted to defeat Obama more than pass any bills.
Over the years, changes in the political system have encouraged partisanship over needed compromise to get things done. Among other things, we need to change legislative redistricting, perhaps like California did recently, to reduce the number of “safe districts.” Then maybe we won’t have such gridlock.