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Is Congress Becoming Parliament

Interesting piece by Mark Schmitt ( I’ll be doing a bloggingheads TV set-to with him shortly). It’s actually something I’ve though about a bit myself. The idea that Republicans and Democrats are significant ideological designations is a relatively recent change (Some of the worst — i.e. leftist — New Dealer were Republicans). Today conservative Democrat and liberal Republic sound increasingly oxymoronic.  Moreover as the power of incumbency increases political responsibility and accountability starts to adhere to parties as a whole. In short, we might be entering an era  where we vote Republicans and Democrats into power as a group, and vote  them out as a group. Anyway, worth thinking about more.

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