Other panels dealt with commercialization within schools, imperialist foreign policy, and excessive military spending.

But the most famous conservative who spoke, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, was modest in expectation. He agreed that right and left could work together on certain causes, but cautioned that cooperation should not be confused with the sacrifice of principles or the abandonment of partisanship.

In an election year in Maine dominated by sharply polarized rhetoric, partisanship is unlikely to be abandoned on the issue of the minimum wage — or on other issues. Cooperation and convergence seem far, far away.

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