What does " from partisanship to consensus " mean in this sentence ?

For major constituencies of the Democratic party, the New Deal was at stake as the Roosevelt administration moved from reform to rearmament, from partisanship to consensus, and as Republicans began filtering back into Washington to supervise war production. Changes in the American economy produced division enough for the president.

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    Consensus means agreement, of a kind.  The real job of a president is to get both parties to work together, at least on those things they agree on.  This is what Obama tried to do.  That's consensus.  "Well, maybe you don't agree on this issue, maybe we can work together on this other issue."  The Republicans saw that bipartisan action didn't help THEIR goals, which was for Obama to be seen as a failure.

    Anyway, at this point FDR saw his job as being to bring the parties together, at least on those issues where they agreed.

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  • RP
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    3 weeks ago

    In this sentence, partisanship indicates subject for debate or controversy whereas consensus means broad or general agreement.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    From party politics to national unity policies.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    It means that they stopped deciding based on political affiliation and began agreeing with the other side.

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