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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A partisan 112th Congress gets underway

For the people or for the party?
Chris Good’s post at the Atlantic doesn’t project much optimism for bipartisanship for the 112th Congress as he reports on opening day at the U.S. House of Representatives, but I’m still going to hang in there with the No Labels philosophy.

Here’s Chris:

"I wish we were in power. I think the public policy goals I like would be better served, but we came in here with the majority, we were in the minority, back to the majority, back again," Frank says. "I'm skeptical now. The Republicans in the House seem to be pretty hard-edged partisans, so I am not optimistic."

There's a lot of that going around among Democrats today: the attitude of, "What can you do?"

For the next 30 minutes or so, the United States does not have a legislature. After the conclusion of the 111th Congress, the 435 representatives were technically kicked out. They don't represent their districts, on paper, until they're sworn back in.

Democrats, one might expect, would prefer to keep it that way. Judging from what they've said about Republicans over the past four years, you'd think they'd prefer no Congress at all to one run by Speaker-elect John Boehner.

But, despite this gloom and fatigue, they seem to be taking it in stride.

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