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When parties prize purity, the national interest suffers

An editorial I found.


Our view: Specter's defection is latest manifestation of troubling trend.
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to become a Democrat, rather than face likely defeat in a Republican primary dominated by conservatives, has produced two story lines. One is that the GOP is in a kind of death spiral as the defection of moderates pushes it further to the right, causing other moderates to leave or be pushed out. The second is that Specter is a calculating pol whose overarching interest is his re-election.

Both themes ring true. But they miss the larger — and troubling — historical trend of polarization in both parties.

The nation needs lawmakers willing to buck orthodoxy. It needs people who will make tough choices on Social Security, deficit reduction, immigration, health care and more. Since the choices are sure to be unpopular, they cannot be tackle

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Added: Apr-30-2009 Occurred On: Apr-30-2009
By: bardville
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Tags: Specter, centrist, boring, Leiberman, fleshwurst
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  • no comments? I guess the divisions are too deep.

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  • The author makes a couple good points, that the partisan atmosphere, or even that the parties themselves, are destructive to the interests of the citizens, and the implied point that the present system of electing representatives is broken.

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  • And thanks for the post!

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    • You're welcome. I remember the whole healthcare thing - and the idea of Health Savings Accounts (HSA). When the Democrats introduced it the Republicans hated the idea, and voted it down. Years later the Republicans introduced almost identical legislation, and they passed it.

      They simply wanted their party's name to be attached. The Dems do the same thing.

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