Shut the front door.
Norm Ornstein, widely viewed as about the most scholarly, non-partisan expert on Congress (he's at AEI, for goodness sake - so if he has an institutional bias, it's a conservative one), is now saying that it's really bad in Congress - and that it's 80-20 Republicans' fault.
Now the fact that Congress has been getting more partisan and less effective, that's not a surprise - anybody interested in politics who has been watching the trajectory since Newt's revolution in 1994 knows that. But the fact that Ornstein is willing to come out and say that? That's big.
Now I really have to go, but I had to post this first...