Do you agree that people believe that the presence of disagreement and deal-making signal that something is wrong with the political system? This deals with the political system
Clearly, many people in our political system today believe that disagreement is good and that deal-making is bad. Such people certainly do believe that deals between the two parties signal that something is wrong with our political system. On the right, we see this trend manifested in the Tea Party. Tea Party candidates have sought to oust all sorts of "mainstream Republicans" who have compromised with Democrats on issues like the debt ceiling or the TARP plan. On the left, there are many who feel that the President has done too much deal-making with Republicans and has not pushed back against them strongly enough.
In today's political climate, more and more people seem to believe that deal-making and compromise are bad things.