Thank you for your editorial and concern for our country. I share some of your concerns. When I stood for election to the Virginia Senate last year, I did not take Mr. Norquist's pledge, and I agree that it is limited in its usefulness. Additional debt is no acceptable political escape route from increasing taxes or closing loopholes/deductions/etc.
While you acknowledge that "Democrats are hardly blameless," there is one significant basis in particular by which I cannot agree with your characterization that "the Democrats may have moved from their 40-yard line to their 25" while "the Republicans have gone from their 40 to somewhere behind their goal post."
The 2010 health care law has far and away been "the force behind" the recent widening of the ideological gap. This was not the work of "centrist protectors of government, reluctantly willing to revamp programs and trim retirement and health benefits to maintain its central commitments in the face of fiscal pressures."
It is becoming increasingly clear this was a blank check for power, and we are finding out just how far the current Administration is willing to go in the use of that power. We need look no further than its disregard for religious liberty in its handling of contraception and the mandating of abortion.
This Democratic party bears sole responsibility for the 2010 health care law. There is nothing "status-quo" about this law and this Democratic party.