Congressional Districts, Demographics And Prospects For Moving Beyond Gridlock In Washington

Congressional Districts, Demographics And Prospects For Moving Beyond Gridlock In Washington

The recent shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that paralyzed Washington prompts new questions about polarization of the U.S. electorate. Diane and her guests discuss congressional districts, demographic patterns and prospects for moving beyond gridlock in Washington.

The 16-day federal government shutdown and last week’s near default shine a bright light on political divisiveness in Washington. Tea party conservatives, a minority group within the Republican party, instigated and lost the most recent battles but did succeed in garnering national attention. What this attention may mean for future election results is unclear. Polls suggest the Republican brand was damaged, but many say our current electoral process practically guarantees polarized results. Diane and her guests discuss Congressional districts, demographics and prospects for moving beyond gridlock.

Guests

Norman Ornstein

resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; co-author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks."

Charlie Cook

columnist for National Journal, and editor and publisher of the "Cook Political Report."

Rob Richie

executive director, FairVote.

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