Sen. Kent Conrad said his goodbyes this week on the floor of the senate.  His replacement, Sen.-elect Heidi Heitkamp, assumes office at a time when Congress is bogged down by hyperpartisanship. Sen. Conrad spoke his mind on the Senate floor: 
We spend now too much of our time seeking partisan advantage, and it happens on both sides. ... We spend too little time trying to solve problems.
According to the Bismarck Tribune, Conrad said he hopes that before he leaves office Congress can pass a farm bill and reach an agreement to avert the “fiscal cliff.”
But is a bogged-down Congress necessarily a bad thing?  As this column from the California Review contends, "the slow, deliberative and even divisive nature of gridlock is what is truly needed, not bipartisanship for the sake of working together."
Where do you stand...?