It’s always fun to dive back into the archives to figure out exactly how awful the states got as a result of the election.

There’s a word for it that signifies intelligence: gridlock. It’s the belief that legislators at the state level can’t compromise. You get gridlock at the federal level if those same legislators in Congress are unwilling to reach a compromise.

Basically, the gridlock stems from having too much power and, like the ax, they can slow things down.

Remember last year’s deal between the two houses of Congress? It ended a two-year partisan stalemate at the state level. Instead of not offering compromise for two years, Congress could ratify the final deal.

The day the deal was signed, state lawmakers cast a series of votes that killed it. It was called the Justice Ginsburg deal. The deal had a few important provisions, but the provisions that everyone wanted were absent: A state income tax on the wealthy; a cap on Obamacare benefits for children of undocumented immigrants; a vow to not reinstate the federal power grab into American health care; a sunset clause; provisions to expand Medicaid to cover all children; and a guarantee of a Supreme Court justice for every state, now that Justice Ginsburg has decided to retire.