If you get a chance, read Olympia Snowe’s opinion piece in the Washington Post on her reasons for retiring from the Senate. Is it any wonder Congressional approval sits at 11%? Even those WITHIN Congress are disgusted with what’s become of Congressional politics.
Rush Limbaugh (my, am I picking on him a bit lately?) said that losing Snowe was no big loss for Republicans. Of course he would say that. Snowe is moderate, someone who has angered her own party on more than one occasion. In the “new” world of American politics, that just won’t do! In the Limbaugh world of politics, there IS no compromise with the “enemy”. There IS no going against the party.
As Snowe states so beautifully, it’s going to take a lot for the current paradigm in Congress to change. It’s going to take something of a revolution, if you will, from American voters. But at present, American voters are just as polarized as American politicians. Look at the current GOP presidential race, where candidates are stumbling all over themselves to see who can sound the most “severely” conservative. It’s not exactly a recipe for change in Washington.
Obama went to Washington on the motto of “change”. He vowed to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats. It sounded good. It hasn’t happened. There simply isn’t one man, even the President, who is capable of changing the tenor of Washington politics. What’s bound Americans together in the past, what’s brought out the best in them, has been crisis. Is THAT what it’s going to take to change Washington? Some unforeseen crisis?