Friday, June 30, 2006

The black hole of Democracy

Bruce Reed uses some great language to describe the fundamenal problem that has resulted from redistricting (a la Delay), information accessibility, the "return on investment" of lobbying, and relativly low turnout that fuels "base"-focused high-vitriol elections.

The House of Representatives hates America.

Or at least, its proving to be real bad for it.

"Because Senators are elected statewide and Senate rules force members to work out their differences, the Senate tends to more accurately reflect the broader public's view. Because House members are elected in increasingly polarized districts and House rules forbid members from working out their differences, the House has become the world's greatest deliberative trash bin."

He also seems to suggest that redistricting America apart is a pretty real possibility:

"Redistricting was at the root of DeLay's downfall, and may well be at the root of Washington's as well. In recent years, redistricting has made districts more polarized, homogenous, and friendly to entrenched incumbents. Competitive districts in which incumbents actually have to earn re-election are becoming an endangered species."


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