There will be plenty of fights between Republicans and Democrats in the next Congress, but here are five areas where there could be genuine collaboration:
• K-12 education reform. After many years of falling test scores, it should be agreed that what we are doing isn't working. Compromise on refashioning No Child Left Behind should allow for block-granting, greater state control, charter schools and school-choice experimentation (some of which Mitt Romney cited on the trail). If Democrats want to subsidize the hiring of more teachers, trade-offs can be made.
• Privacy. All it takes to interest Republicans in cyberprivacy is the FBI snooping on military leaders. Conservatives, who have in the past been enamored of prosecutorial power, should be concerned about drone spying. And civil libertarians of all stripes should start thinking about reasonable limits on federal power.