On Sunday's State of the Union on CNN, long-time Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) complained that politics is very different these days because more and more, the beliefs of a "minority" are being imposed on the majority view and clogging the system.
This is an ironic statement coming from a Democrat, whose party regularly fights to impose the beliefs of a small group of people onto society as a whole, e.g. same-sex marriage.
However, Feinstein's target was Tea Party Republicans in Congress.
CNN's Dana Bash asked the senator, "You've been in Congress for a long time. Have you seen it this dysfunctional before?"
Well, what I've seen over the last few years is a growing need of a minority to impose their view regardless of what the situation is. I think most of us are accustomed to sitting down. We worked out a compromise -- which is not a dirty word -- because in a two-party system, you have to if you're going to make progress. Otherwise, you have stasis or gridlock. And so we've had more gridlock and appropriation bills. When I first came, no one put major bills on appropriation bills. The committee was sacrosanct. Nobody amended bills. The committee always supported their own committee's views, and now it's different. So, it's very hard to make that change and keep the regular order of government going and, secondly, not risk a shutdown, which has happened in the past.