Not all columns herein need to be lengthy to make a point. To prove ‘tis so, just consider this brief set of facts from the National Journal’s vote ratings of members of Congress.
“For the third consecutive year, no Republican Senate member had a more liberal voting record that ANY Democrat. No Democratic Senator had a more conservative score than the most liberal Republican.
“In the (435 member) House, just 10 Democrats had a more conservative score than the most liberal Republican. Just five Republicans were more liberal than the most conservative Democrat.”
Put another way, there are nearly no ideological crossovers anymore. Democrats are “liberal” - Republicans are “conservative.”
For three decades - the Journal started this annual survey in 1982 - it was the norm to find a handful of ideological crossovers in the Senate. Even more in the larger House. Now, the norm is “purity.”
No more middle ground in which to seek compromise. No middle ground in which to exchange positions. No more middle ground. Period!
With those findings, you’re going to have a breakthrough? You’re going to find reasoned solutions to our immense national problems? You’re going to find political leadership?
That’s it. Short and sweet.
Gridlock explained in 60 seconds.