Feb 042013

There is a very widely shared myth about “Washington.” Accordingly, there are two camps, the right-wing GOP and the left-leaning Democrats, who are more or less matched. Each control one house of Congress, and command about half of the electorate. Hence, the gridlock.

Actually, much of American politics over the last four years or longer should be understood as a contest between the conservative “party” (most of the GOP and good part of the Democrats) and a liberal minority party. Recent case in point: On December 28, the conservative “party” in the Senate — 42 Republicans, 30 Democrats and one Independent — voted to extend foreign intelligence law, known as FISA. The bill was opposed by civil liberty advocates for threatening Americans’ right to privacy.

Gridlock exists when one party pulls east and the other party pulls west and, hence, nothing budges. This is not the case in Washington.

Read the rest at The Huffington Post

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