INDEPENDENTS WANT COOPERATION: While harsh rhetoric and polarization energize each campaign's base, these tactics do not resonate with independents, who want to see candidates running on solutions. "Seven in 10 independents say they favor compromise between the parties rather than confrontation, according to the survey. Just as many say they are dissatisfied with the country’s political system," writes Jon Cohen and Dan Balz: Jon Cohen and Dan Balz for The Washington Post: Independents favor cooperation, are dissatisfied with political system
Even after Rep. Todd Akin's comments Sunday, he still is holding a one-point lead over Sen. Claire McCaskill, according to Public Policy Polling. Just goes to show how entrenched voters are within parties. Even after mistakes, voters are reluctant to change their minds: Public Policy Polling: Akin 44 McCaskill 43
If you had to describe the party across the aisle in one word what would it be? A new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll asks respondents just that and the results, unfortunately, are not surprising. Bad, crazy and greedy are some of the top words Democrats used to describe Republicans while Republicans described Democrats as socialists, idiots and liars. This sort of language only discourages elected officials from working across the aisle: Aaron Blake for The Washington Post: Why Congress is so partisan, in two charts
Yesterday President Obama made an unscheduled visit to the White House briefing room to meet with the press -- the first time he has done so in weeks. While it is good that Obama is meeting with the press, this should not be news. Both Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney should commit to holding bi-monthly news conferences, as proposed in our Make the Presidency Work!
action plan, so voters know what the candidates stand for: Jonathan Easley for The Hill: Obama engages White House press corps for the first time in weeks
HYPER-PARTISANSHIP HURTING OVERRIDES:
Because of growing hyper-partisanship, Congress is unable to override decisions made by the Supreme Court. University of California-Irvine Professor Richard Hasen found in each two-year congressional term from 1975 to 1990, Congress overrode an average of 12 Supreme Court decisions. In the last dozen years, the average fell to 2.7. The Constitution gives Congress to power to override Supreme Court decisions to maintain a balance of power, yet as congressional polarization increases, the Supreme Court gets more and more powerful: Adam Liptak forThe New York Times: In Congress’s Paralysis, a Mightier Supreme Court
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