October 11, 2007

A Deliberative Congress?

Think Progress reports this from CNN:

More and more, Congress is acting less like a deliberative legislative body, and more like a political campaign. We’ve been seeing the politicization of every aspect of government.
Pshaw! Nothing new here.

These folks have apparently been operating under the delusion that congress has been a deliberative body anytime during the past couple of centuries.

Most vote changes have occurred in the the hallways and offices of the congressional office building; and, yes, in quite a few DC bars and restaurants. These changes as well as some that have occurred on the floor typically fall under the labels of arm twisting, back scratching and purchase rather then deliberative debate.

Don't expect this to change. They don't represent you.


Posted by Steve on October 11, 2007

Every now and then, especially after I've gone on a fun political rant, a friend will say to me, "You know, you really ought to run for office someday." When I try to explain that, once you become a part of the political establishment, in order to survive, you have to support the political establishment, and therefore sell out the motives that caused you to run for office in the first place, I get that "you're really weird" glance I've come to recognize so well over the years.

That is, I totally agree with you on this.

Posted by Ron at October 11, 2007 10:37 PM
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