Loss of moderates is damaging Congress


Percentage of members of the House of Represen...

Percentage of members of the House of Representatives (as of May 13, 2008) from each party by state. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Rep. Dennis A. Cardoza (D-Calif.) – In politics, when your approval rating is below 50 percent, you’re on shaky ground. When you’re between 4 and 13 percent — as this Congress consistently is — you’re in revolution territory!

Over 40 percent of the voters in the nation identify themselves as “moderates.” However, less than 10 percent of the current members of Congress would self-identify the same way.

The situation is made worse by the “seniority system.” The most senior members with the safest (most partisan) districts stay the longest, gain the most clout, and become chairmen and leaders. The result is that the partisan skew is magnified. As Congress continues down this ever-increasing path of hyper-partisanship, the pressure on and frustration among sitting moderate members steadily increases until we choose to retire.

There are serious “real world” consequences for the lack of moderates in government. more> http://tinyurl.com/7yxzgog

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