For years, liberals have argued that polarization his little to do with the Democratic Party—which they see as largely centrist—and everything to do with a Republican Party, which has moved far to the right since the 1970s. Recent research from political scientists Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal, who have measured polarization and ideological shifts in Congress, confirms that theory.
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As Ed Rogers argued recently, this is the summer of Democrats’ discontent, with little indication that the fall will be any better. Most of the oddsmakers today believe that a Republican takeover of the Senate is likelier than the a... Read Post
Ambers largely blames political polarization in the House on redistricting: [U]ltimately, both the Democratic and Republican parties are responsible for the strategy that has so polarized this chamber of Congress in the first place.... Read Post