Conflict comes in many forms. This year has been tumultuous on the political front, with everyone choosing sides and no one giving an inch. As a liberal it has been weirdly satisfying to see republicans battling other republicans (WI Republicans squabble over state budget ). On the other hand, it just increases the ongoing splintering across the political spectrum leading to greater inertia on issues that need to be acted on.
There might be one bright note that could come from this free for all, and that is the possibility that those remaining moderates of either persuasion might feel more inclined to break ranks, meet as equals, and forge a compromise on legislation that would both help people and not crush the economy. It is a slim hope, but one I grasp at.