As one who entered the ranks of investigative reporting in the immediate aftermath of Watergate, I took it as an article of faith that disclosure possessed a remarkable curative power. "Sunlight," as Louis Brandeis said, "is the best disinfectant."
The idea is neither new, nor mine alone, but well worth revisiting: to curb excessive partisanship in Congress, get rid of the seating scheme that separates one party from another. Mix ‘em up. Imagine Senators Barbara Boxer (D- Ca.) and Tom Coburn (R- Okla.) side-by-side, whispering in the back row, sharing a bag of chocolate kisses, and finding a way off the fiscal cliff.