Just imagine if members of the House of Representatives and Senate decided to seek compromise solutions. To do this, they would need to push back on the extreme ideologies of both parties and listen to the moderates like Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

DYSFUNCTIONAL: “…not operating normally or properly; deviating from the norms of social behavior in a way regarded as bad”.
MODERATE POLITICIAN: “In politics and religion, a moderate is an individual who is not extreme, partisan, nor radical.”
regular order: When “a bill which is drafted by a committee … is placed directly on the Senate's Calendar of Business.”
Between January 19 – 22, 2018 moderate thinking Senators pressed a dialogue with dysfunctional thinking Senators in the Senate.
Moderate thinking Senators are elected by moderate thinking citizens. Dysfunctional thinking Senators are elected by dysfunctional members of society when moderates stay home. In other words, we are the cause of the chaos that exists in the halls of Congress.
The counterpart to dysfunctional thinking is moderate thinking Republicans and Democrats searching for ways to pass compromise legislation.  Compromise legislation responds to the needs of all of society.  
Just imagine if members of the House of Representatives and Senate decided to seek compromise solutions. To do this, they would need to push back on the extreme ideologies of both parties and listen to the moderates like Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Missouri is fortunate to be represented by a moderate Senator. During a recent rally on the steps of the Missouri Capital building dysfunctional thinking voters criticized Senator McCaskill for being “out of touch [with Missourians]”. The truth reveals that 50% of the time Senator McCaskill casts a vote supporting conservative legislation those gathered would support. Unfortunately, for these citizens 50% is not 100%. It’s their way or the highway.
On Friday night, January 19 she joined four other Democrats and all but four Republicans and voted to stop debate on a Continuing Resolution which would avoid a government shutdown. For her it was a matter of supporting military families and representing her constituents. Her vote didn’t carry the evening but around 1:30am on Saturday morning she rose from her desk and sought support to pass a stop gap measure so financial support for military families could continue. Senator Mitch McConnel, who she supported with her earlier vote, objected and no vote was taken.
Then on Sunday evening, January 21 Senator Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would vote on Continuing Resolution on Monday, January 22. A compromise had been reached. It seems that everybody, apart from the extreme dysfunctional members of each party would get something. Essentially, between January 21 and February 8 an agreement on issues that Democrats care would be negotiated.  If negotiations fail Senator McConnell promised to proceed to “regular order” or something akin to that and bring bills dealing with these issues to the floor of the Senate for consideration. Something moderate Republicans and Democrats had been seeking since the end of September 2017.
Claire McCaskill and other moderate thinking Senators helped make this compromise possible. We need to realize that a moderate Republican or Democrat will not always vote as we wish. That’s the whole point. Moderates seek compromise. They give something to get something.