The two party system has become pretty much an us and them situation. I remember the debate battles in the chambers, but I do not remember the lack of consensus. It seemed that there was always a consensus across the aisle. But now it has become an us versus them. Legislators hide in their different caucuses. Caucuses based on Party, race, gender, and a variety of nonsense. Caucuses based on Party alone has created a great divide. How can any Democrat house member in Illinois not vote for Michael Madigan as speaker? Then if that is the case, why does Harry Reid keep his job as the top in the Senate. If we want to vote for the person, then we need to take the outlined steps as described on the pinup. Otherwise they are forced to follow their party leadership!