Our Politics is a Mess, But Only One Party is The Cause
Leonard Pitts Jr
And another one bites the dust.
"Partisans at both ends of the political spectrum," said Lugar, "are dominating the political debate in our country. ... They have worked to make it as difficult as possible for a legislator of either party to hold independent views or engage in constructive compromise. If that attitude prevails in American politics, our government will remain mired in the dysfunction we have witnessed during the last several years."
The senator is in the ballpark. But he misstates the problem in two ways.
In the first place, the issue is not partisanship, but hyper-partisanship, a mindset that prioritizes party above country. In the second place, Lugar's sop to moral equivalence notwithstanding, this is not a problem caused by partisans "at both ends of the political spectrum."
It was not Democrats who held the economy hostage in a manufactured debt ceiling crisis that caused the nation's credit rating to be lowered for the first time in history. It was not Democrats who voted down their own deficit reduction resolution, apparently because they didn't want the president to share credit. It was not a Democratic leader who declared defeating the president his top legislative priority.
No, it was Republicans who did all that. And it is not Democrats who have seen a steady trickle of condemnation and defection by their own appalled members.
That trickle includes
And former Sen.
And congressional staffer
In their new book, "It's Even Worse Than It Looks,"
But it needs reporting, regardless. One cannot fix a problem one will not face. And the new cultishness of the
Or, as Lugar's opponent,
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