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Lugar Loss Highlights Sour Relationship Between Voters and Politicians

Bob319 Wrote: May 12, 2012 10:11 AM
Interesting history of the 17th amendment. It was passed in the beginning of the progressive era with all the good intention, it was going to solve a whole bunch of problems. The reality is naturally different. The country would be much better off if the 17th was reversed. It would give more power to states. The more groups that have power the better because they have to find a way to work together. If only a couple of groups have power then they really don't care about the folks.

When relationships go bad, an early warning sign is that one side doesn't really hear what the other is saying. That's certainly the case today in the relationship between voters and America's political class.

Many in Washington, D.C., took comfort over the past year in polling data showing that fewer voters consider themselves part of the tea party movement. Only 13 percent claim such a tie today, roughly half its peak in 2010. This was reassuring to those in power, suggesting voters were willing to let the politicians return to politics as usual.

But the panic returned to Washington this week,...