Congressional Districts, Demographics And Prospects For Moving Beyond Gridlock In Washington
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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.
resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; co-author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks."
columnist for National Journal, and editor and publisher of the "Cook Political Report."
executive director, FairVote.