Saturday, June 14, 2014

Recommended Reading

While much of the pundit class settled on immigration reform, and Eric Cantor's support of same, as the thing that tipped his House seat to a Tea Party challenger, Jonathan Chait says it needn't be as narrow a cause as that. In his estimation, what did in Cantor was compromise. Any compromise. Says he:
The conservative revolt against compromise expresses itself constantly. It comes through in the ever-present trope of citing the length of legislation as a primary reason to oppose it. It likewise comes through in the way conservative intellectuals routinely attack bills as a "stew of deals, payoffs, waivers, and special-interest breaks" — which is to say, they hate the fact that passing bills in Congress requires cutting deals with disparate constituencies, which is how legislation works.
Well, it's how legislation used to work, anyway. Read the rest here.

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