"...Independent research supports the belief by these lawmakers that they
owe their jobs to increasingly conservative activists, and that it's safer
than ever to veer right on many subjects rather than seek compromise with
Democrats...".Owe their jobs to increasingly conservative
activists?How about owing their jobs to constituents?
"Independent research supports the belief by these lawmakers that they owe
their jobs to increasingly conservative activists"While I agree
with the statement, it should not be interpreted to mean that the country is
more conservative. It just means that those on the far right are speaking
louder and have the resources to affect elections. I believe that
the majority of the GOP supporters are still moderate, just like Reagan.
Insert the word "redistricting" in order to make it more accurate. Why
make any attempt to please Democrats when your district has been drawn in such a
way as to exclude them? Your only worry as an incumbent is a primary challenge -
from the right. Result? Two hundred plus House members who all talk like Mike
This is not surprising, but still concerning. It reveals that politicians care
less about doing the right thing (doing the country's business,
compromising to move things along), than saving their own seats in Congress.Term limits could help these politicians find some courage. Twelve
years for House members, 12 years for the Senate.