The House and Senate are full of people who are better than the institutional constraints in which they operate. They chafe against the divisive imperatives of the permanent campaign. They yearn for the chance to strike a deal. For these lawmakers, and for the voters who claim to value compromise, reading this book would be a good start.If they won't stand up and be counted - if they won't utter a peep about institutional issues (save for demagoguery about the failings of the other side) until they retire (and perhaps not even then) - their "good will" counts for nothing.
Edmund Burke died more than two centuries ago. It's not like it's a big secret, what will happen within an organization driven by self-interest when good men - in this context, men and women who have the power to do the right thing - do nothing.