As far as I'm concerned, President Obama's high point last week wasn't the State of the Union address, competent but not his best work. It was that little confabulation he had with the Republicans, where he sat down and talked to them as if they were rational human beings. (Which has to be an example of "hope springs eternal.")
Now he needs to have the same conversation with the Democrats. Because the problems afflicting political discourse in this country come from both parties.