Republicans to Blame for More Polarized Congress

jackalope

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[h=2]Republicans to Blame for More Polarized Congress[/h]Harry Enten looks at statistics that rank members of Congress on a scale from -1 for most liberal to 1 for most conservative and finds Senate and House Democrats have been fairly stable at -0.4 since 1992.

"There has, however, been an increase in partisanship in the House, and it truly is 'asymmetrical'. The Republican House caucus has been becoming more conservative every year since 1977, whether or not House Republicans are winning or losing elections. Republicans have climbed from 0.4 on the DW nominate scales after the 1992 elections to near 0.7 in the last congress. That type of charge towards polarization is historically unusual over data that stretches back 130 years."

Likewise, Senate Republicans "have slowly and become more conservative in their roll call votes by moving from about 0.3 to 0.5 on the scale."

Republicans to Blame for More Polarized Congress

No, it really ISN'T a case of "both sides are to blame". There really has been an increase in partisanship. It really is the case of one side bears the brunt of the blame. Look in the mirror, Republicans.
 
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Republicans think and actually seem to believe that if we go over the cliff, the Dems will bear the blame, they are so wrong, it is in their laps, and they will be the ones held responsible when they run for re-election, why they insist on taking everything to brink of disaster is beyond me. They shun the President day after day, shun the American people day after day, they will suffer greatly, and i can't wait to see it. Boehner shed tears when he was handed the gavel, and he may be shedding some more when he loses his Speakership and has to give it up, another sight i'd like to see.
 

Devil505

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Both sides are to blame.
Untrue & continuing their obstructionism......pointless now since Obama has been reelected....will only further alienate the GOP from most voters as time advances & this country moves away from them & back towards the center.
 
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Untrue & continuing their obstructionism......pointless now since Obama has been reelected....will only further alienate the GOP from most voters as time advances & this country moves away from them & back towards the center.
Nope. It takes two to agree and it takes two to disagree. Both sides are to blame.
 
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Results-oriented thinking is liberal. The study is biased.

Besides, you can't judge political ideology by the effects of how people represent themselves. People can be setup by trick questions. For example, if a bill appears centrist, but really isn't because it violates due process, anyone who opposes it will appear extremist. It wouldn't be surprising if Democrats setup an abundance of these hidden centrist compromises just to make Republicans look bad. After all, the definition of social programs entails circumventing "offer and acceptance" such that corruption is the name of the game.

Anyway, I'm not kidding. Pragmatism is the epistemology behind progressivism. This is a good book to read to understand: Amazon.com: Pragmatism: From Progressivism to Postmodernism (9780275965242): David Depew, Robert Hollinger: Books

"There are lies, damn lies, and statistics."

"Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful."
 
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