John Boehner took no time in doubling down on his party’s big loss yesterday, suggesting that the vote for a Republican House was a mandate for their policies. This is nothing but self-serving sophistry.
In reality, the vote is a commentary on the corrosive and disgraceful gerrymandering used by both parties. This undemocratic charade pushes moderates and centrists out of the political process, and has resulted in today’s bitter and toxic partisan polarization and its attendant gridlock.
Our nation has enormous challenges before it, and if the Republican House’s only response is continued obstruction and the refusal to compromise, it will only lead to further declines across the board.
I understand that people of goodwill have very different views of the appropriate policies, but all of our Congress members have the sworn duty to work for the common good. None of them received a 100 percent mandate, and it is imperative that they try to represent all of their constituents – not just the ones who voted for them.