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Bipartisanship in Congress isn't about being nice – it's about cold, hard numbers

By Daniel Palazzolo, Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond
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Before he was even inaugurated as president, Joe Biden, elected at a time of strong political polarization, emphasized the importance of bipartisanship in dealing with Congress: “I think I can work with Republican leadership in the House and Senate. I think we can get some things done.”

Incoming presidents routinely make such appeals, and for good reason.

Senate rules require a “supermajority” – 60 out of 100 senators, including both


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