There are few politicians as partisan as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada. So it brought smiles when he said he was “cautiously optimistic that the new year will bring a renewed spirit of cooperation to this chamber.” Right after those words he accused Republicans of “never-ending obstruction” to President Barack Obama’s proposals the past five years.

Sen. Reid is incapable of promoting a bipartisan spirit in the Senate due to his partisan nature. It’s his way or hit the highway.

It would be beneficial to those who have tried to find jobs, and have been unsuccessful, if members of the Senate could agree on legislation to a three-month extension of jobless benefits. Nevada, by the way, has high unemployment. The chances of that legislation passing aren’t bright. It’s expensive to extend benefits. The fact that some milk the system, and get away with it, lessens justification to extend benefits.

Since this is an election year, ObamaCare is expected to be at the forefront of disagreements on a number of provisions in the law. Control of both the House and Senate will be at stake in this election year. It is expected that ObamaCare will be the central issue in next fall’s election.

The political maneuvering is bound to get intense later this year and reality is that it is highly doubtful if there will be a renewed spirit of cooperation, and Sen. Reid is one of the reasons there won’t be.