Putting Country Before Party

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

The idea of bipartisanship has become, well, quaint. Some would say naive. President Obama and John McCain talked about it a great deal in 2008; American voters always say they want it. But as we enter the 2012 presidential race, nobody is talking about it. The parties will spend as much money as they can on demonizing each other. Governor Mitt Romney and Obama will paint each other as incompetent and out of touch. Members of Congress, meanwhile, resist any cooperation. But it doesn't have to be so. The insightful cover story by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy on how Presidents...

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