In the last year, lawmakers frequently exploited the fact that voters weren't involved. Senators used parliamentary maneuvers to duck out of voting on a measure that would have allowed oil drilling in part of the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, even though more than half the Senate favors such drilling. And a determined minority of liberal senators managed to filibuster several judicial nominations, again preventing up-or-down votes the nominees would have won.
In 1948, President Harry Truman campaigned against a "do-nothing Congress." Today's lawmakers often do nothing as a matter of policy, because they think they can get away with it. Voters have a chance to change that attitude this election year.
The entire House of Representatives and one third of the Senate will be up for grabs, so politicians are certain to be focused on their craft. Likewise, Americans need to be focused on what our leaders are doing -- or not doing. On everything from tax cuts to energy policy, we can encourage our leaders to do the right things as long as we're willing to pay attention.
Let's surprise our elected leaders and keep an eye on them all year long. That way they'll be more likely to link politics to policy, and we'll all be winners in November -- no matter where the Cubs finish.