If for the first time this Congress Democrats pursue a legislative strategy that includes Republicans, we’ll be happy to help, but if they want to continue racking up the debt on party-line votes then we don’t have anything to talk about. It has absolutely nothing to do with elections, the weather or anything other than our obvious differences.Conservatives can look at this situation in two ways. On one hand, they can see the reams of House legislation that are dying in the Senate and reflexively appreciate that the legislation is not making it through, because no new federal bureaucracy is being created. On the other hand, some of this legislation — given that it must be worked out with theoretically conservative Republicans — could reform or enhance existing law, and make our country better. Cap-and-trade, increased unemployment benefits, and the like aren't things I actually think would improve our state of affairs, so count me solidly on the side of the former.