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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-07-13 10:15 AM
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Jan 7, 8:21 AM EST

Column: In Washington, compromise's embers flicker

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Every election year, they become the popular ones, the celebrities with the power to hire or fire politicians. Then, when actual governing begins, they become the forgotten ones - jilted wallflowers watching as the leaders they elected are devoured into a political system dominated by extremes.

These middle-of-the-road American voters feel betrayed, and many grow cynical. Why, they wonder, did they bother to cast ballots at all?

It's always a dramatic fall for the ideological center of the country, independents and moderates in swing-voting states and regions that hold outsized sway in determining the balance of power in Washington. One minute, every candidate promises to represent your interests. The next, freshly elected lawmakers carry the water of their parties' far wings and ignore the wishes of everybody else.

Now, after Republicans and Democrats alike reluctantly shunned their core supporters and reached a bipartisan compromise to avert a fiscal crisis, there's a reasonable question to ask: Did American lawmakers actually - for a moment, at least - listen to the regular Joes and Janes pleading for a gridlocked Washington to get something, anything, done?

When in hell was the last time someone did something the left really thought was a good idea? The Johnson era? Once again, everyone is pretending the Third Way is the far left. Frickin joke.
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