Dave Helling

THE END OF THE MIDDLE: HOW THE DEATH OF COMPROMISE CRIPPLED OUR GOVERNMENT

August 18, 2012 On a spring day in 1984, a politician named Tip O’Neill walked to the floor of the U.S. House, his face red with rage. O’Neill’s appearance was unusual. Speakers of the House rarely engage in debate. On this day, however, the Washington veteran was incensed at a rowdy band of Republican rebels …

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A FEW IDEAS TO GET THE PROCESS BACK ON TRACK

Despite the apparent collapse of a governing middle ground, politicians and political scientists believe there are reforms that could re-center the nation’s deliberative process. “I don’t think it’s irreversible,” said John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. “There are some things you can do to push the pendulum back a little bit.” Here …

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