While this has been the march of the Republicans as the Tea party picks off moderate GOPer’s…..
The last two announced departures are Democrats…..
And this is just cementing the dynamic in the House of separation of the parties politics.…
Bipartisanship is going to continue to have rough time in the nations Congress…..
Moderates are a dying breed on Capitol Hill. It’s a reality that bodes poorly for the prospect of easing the gridlock that has seized Congress in recent years.
The Republican Party isn’t the only one losing its moderates. The ranks of moderate Democrats in Congress have shrunk considerably in recent years, too. The result of whittling from both sides is a dwindling middle that could intensify political polarization that is already on the rise.
Rep. Mike McIntyre, (D-N.C.) celebrates with family members and supporters gathered at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as election results come in Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Mike Spencer/AP)
The first session of the 113th Congress was historically unproductive, continuing a trend in recent years of more logjams and fewer bills being passed. A large part of the story has to do with an often unruly House GOP Conference with few moderates and many conservatives who have refused to budge from their positions in legislative showdown after legislative showdown.
At the same time, moderate Democrats have been running for the exits during the last two cycles. The latest to step down is Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), who announced Wednesday that he would retire after nine terms.
McIntyre is a Blue Dog Democrat who often broke ranks with his party, most notably on the federal health-care law, which he opposed in 2010. He sits in the third most conservative district held by a Democrat and survived the 2012 election by the skin of his teeth, outpacing Republican David Rouzer by a slimmer margin (about 700 votes) than any other incumbent that year….
The GOP will probably get the North Carolina McIntyre House seat and COULD snatch the Long Island , New York House seat also….Share on Facebook