But the question in a divided Senate is whether the new liberals will be hard-liners who refuse to compromise with the tea party types on the other side of the aisle or negotiators, like Kennedy, who made deals with Republicans ranging from Ronald Reagan to Rep. John Boehner to George W. Bush. In the modern Senate, it’s a lot harder to do the kind of work that won Kennedy fans on the Republican side.What did Politico say when a new breed of tea party types joined the Senate in 2010? Any big concerns about obstruction and gridlock with Rand Paul and Ron Johnson and Mike Lee? Of course not. The word "negotiate," and any variation of it, doesn't appear once in that story about the Senate tea party newcomers. The word "Democrat," or variations of it, appears once, in referring to Russ Feingold, the guy Johnson beat.
Your Beltway wisdom at work. Compromise only applies to the Democrats, even after winning bigger Senate majorities and the White House.