The election is over, and with a few exceptions, the picture in Washington is going to be pretty much the same.

President Obama in his second term will have to find ways to work with a divided Congress who, despite all the talk of "reaching across the aisle" and "building bridges," could just wind up going on as it has before.

It seems that in Congress, being bipartisan means "you come over to my way of thinking and do what I want."

And once the lame-duck session is over and the new Congress goes to work in January, after a few weeks or maybe a few months of talking a good game, Republicans and Democrats will retreat to their corners and refuse to budge.

I hope that doesn't happen. We as Americans deserve better.

Our country deserves better.