I have spent the last 15 years of my career tracking partisan politics hoping for a rebound of the moderate wing of the Republican Party. If anything, the changes Phillips describes portend a calcification of extremism rather than its dissolution. A March 15 poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center for the People and the Press shows what pollsters call the “two Americas.” One is populated by Democrats and unaffiliated voters. The other by extremist Republicans. The moderates are nowhere to be found.
Congress, just back from its Presidents Day recess, is now taking a weeklong St. Patrick’s break. And the House, which plans to take off two weeks in April, one week each in May and July, and all of August, and then knock off early to go home and campaign for the midterm elections, is on schedule to be in session 97 days.
A Minneapolis FBI agent testified Monday that he warned in dozens of communications in August 2001 that jailed flight student Zacarias Moussaoui was planning a hijacking and blamed “criminal negligence” by Washington bosses for blunting a chance to stop the Sept. 11 attacks.