Is this a healthy and expected consequence of Congressional politics? What might this say about how partisan politics has evolved? Is there a historical precedent that we might compare this to?
Acting as a Proxy (Theda Skocpol)
No, it is not healthy. But the problem is not just Olympia Snowe — it is a set of Senate rules, formal and informal, that privilege a few votes from senators in small states…
Theda Skocpol is a professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and the author of “Boomerang: Health Reform and the Turn Against Government,” a book about the failed 1993-94 Clinton effort at comprehensive health reform.
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