On Chuck Todd’s MSNBC show recently, he had a segment asking the question “Is this the worst congress of all-time.” While I am not sure about all-time, it might be the worst of my adult life for the reasons discussed by former Senator John Breaux and Political Scientist Norm Ornstein.
Congress and the White House in the past started with the center (where most Americans still reside politically) and worked on the Left and Right. Today, policy starts on the Left and Right and goes nowhere. I think 90% of congress were decent people when elected but they get that “gang mentality” from their political parties and it’s battle battle battle.
Who wants to go through life constantly pissed off? Senator Breaux was an endangered species as a moderate to conservative Democrat. The segment rightfully pointed out that there is no more overlap in congress today since centrists like Breaux exited. In the past, there were a few southern Democrats who were more conservative than California Republicans.
Why can’t members work together? When did compromise become a dirty word? I personally refuse to let anyone pit me against fellow Americans. Some of MSNBC is slowly becoming the same as Fox News. If the negativity fostered by media continues, a center-based, anti-party centrists movement might be in order.