Majorities, not moderates, make legislating easier

November 26, 2012

"Fewer Moderates Make Deals Harder," reads the headline on the Associated Press story. 

What follows is an accurate summation of a Congress that's growing more polarized yoked to an inaccurate analysis of what it means. "Moderates" don't make legislating easier. Majorities make legislating easier.

The first time the article mentions an actual election, it's to say that "In the Senate, moderate Scott Brown (R-Mass.) lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who will be one of the most liberal members." That's probably true so far as it goes, but it undercuts the article's thesis. It will certainly be easier for Harry Reid to put together 51 votes -- and perhaps even 60 votes -- with Warren in that seat than it was when he had to coax Brown over to his side.

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