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A significant divergence between the parties is shown by the House spectacle.

The GOP House caucus is struggling to elect a speaker. If Republicans can’t muster a majority in the House’s first order of business, they’ll clash and fracture. For the modern GOP, a four-seat margin might not be wide enough for an effective majority. Democrats tend to argue for specific policies that will help a specific group they see as part of their coalition. Republicans are more likely to appeal to general concepts and principles, like the need to limit government.