It’s Newt’s Senate And We’re All Just Suffering There
It finds that the growing divide between the voting scores of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate can be accounted for almost entirely by the election of a particular breed of senator: Republicans who were previously elected to the House after 1978. It is the replacement of retiring or defeated senators (both Democrat and Republican) by these newly elected former House Republicans that single-handedly can account for almost the entire growth in the divide between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate since the early 1980s.
Newt Gingrich elevated partisanship to an art form and it was his take no prisoners style that helped lead to the Republican takeover in 1994. Now those who learned at his knee are gumming up the works in the Senate, holding up nominations, and refusing cloture are any legislation that is the least bit controversial. This is something to keep in mind as this election approaches. Some of the Republicans elected will fade away quickly but some will be plaguing us for decades to come.Click here for reuse options!
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