Whither the Middle?

Yesterday’s vote is further evidence that the Democrats and Republicans have so thoroughly divided the country with gerrymandering and wedge issues that there is no longer any common political ground.  

In a blog post today, Bill Bishop points out that no one in Congress spends any time in DC anymore.  They fly in on Monday and fly out on Thursday. 

The social glue created over coffee while sharing a Sunday newspaper is missing…If a person is simply an ideological opponent, it’s easy to turn him into the enemy. But if your kids are in the same school play, that opponent is also a friend. Legislatures work most smoothly if they are slathered with some social grease.

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