Neither occasion is ideal, however Republicans in Congress have been drifting in the direction of political extremism since lengthy earlier than Trump, and so they’re making it unattainable for Congress to work the way in which it’s presupposed to.
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Over the previous few many years, each Democrats and Republicans in Congress have moved away from the middle. However the Republican Get together has moved in the direction of the intense way more shortly — a development that political scientists’ name “asymmetrical polarization.”
That asymmetry poses a significant impediment in American politics. As Republicans have turn into extra ideological, they’ve additionally turn into much less keen to work with Democrats: filibustering Democratic laws, refusing to think about Democratic appointees, and even shutting down the federal government with a view to drive Democrats to provide in to their calls for.
Democrats have responded in flip, changing into extra obstructionist as Republican calls for turn into extra excessive.
And that’s made it very easy for media shops responsible “each side” for political gridlock. As political scientists Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein clarify of their e-book “It’s Even Worse Than It Seems,” journalists really feel a strain to stay impartial when protecting massive political fights. So politics protection has been dominated by the parable that each events are equally responsible for the gridlock in DC.
However they’re not. And the one technique to cease Republicans in Congress from persevering with their drift in the direction of the intense is to be brutally sincere about who’s liable for breaking our politics.
Learn extra of Ornstein and Mann’s work right here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/opinion/sunday/republicans-broke-congress-politics.html
On Strikethrough, Vox producer Carlos Maza explores the challenges going through the information media within the age of Trump. Observe Carlos on Fb for extra: https://www.fb.com/CarlosMazaVox
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