Open Thread

That Bygone Bipartisanship, in This Week’s Open Discussion

Looking at you, Susan Collins.

This week in Slate, Christina Cauterucci took an in-depth look at the movement to unseat Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who once enjoyed widespread popularity due to her moderate, bipartisan reputation. Collins’ challenger, Sara Gideon, is running as a moderate Democrat, an image not unlike the moderate Republican once Collins once projected for herself. It has us wondering about bipartisanship in 2020, and whether America has left it behind or longs for it to return. Does a bipartisan ideal feel more important than ever, or is it an outmoded concept in the Trump era? In this week’s Open Discussion thread, we’re asking for your thoughts on the future of bipartisanship in a hyperpartisan age.

The Open Discussions are here for commenters to connect with one another outside the fast-moving, sometimes contentious article pages. It’s a place for online friends to share a joke or newcomers to get their feet wet. As always, our discussion topic is a suggestion, not a command, so feel free to (civilly) talk among yourselves.