The last two years? As if only President Obama has had opposition, and contention is monopolar. Does anyone remember what the nattering nabobs of negativism said about Nixon, Goldwater, Reagan, Bush Clinton & Shrub? Assertions of warmongering extremism cost Goldwater his hope of election. Does anyone remember the vitreol spewed at the judicial nominees of Reagan, Bush & Shrub?
Cooperation = bipartisanship = Republicans surrender their 'principles' and "go along to get along". Mixed seating is a matter of symbolism: symbolic of a fallacy. When one side wants more of the poison that made the nation ill and the other wants a cure, there is no practical compromise. If a husband wants to use hydrochloric acid to clear a drain and his wife wants to use sodium hydroxide, mixing the two may poison them both by releasing chlorine. Some things should not be compromised. "Work together" is another expression of the same dishonest concept.
We face the threat of a greater depression; the total ruination of the economy. We face the threat of national insolvency; the prospect of eroded faith & credit. We face the threat of rationing of medical tests & treatments;' of bureaucrats making arbitrary life or death decisions. We face increased costs and prices that will make medical goods and services beyond the reach of a growing mass of citizens. We face the prospect of more businesses closing as insurance premiums become unbearable. New laws should only pass on their merits, not based on which party proposes or opposes them. Content, substance & effects, including unanticipated consequences and diseconomies must be considered above partisan advantage through emotive nomenclature & propaganda.
Expectations? Sixty percent of the electorate cast their votes for congressional candidates who they believed were most likely to assist in the repeal of Obama Don't Care. Governing responsibly involves simple and direct solutions, not 2700 pages of convoluted bafflegab.