Former Oregon governor and five-term senator Mark Hatfield died recently. His congressional record as one of the most liberal Republicans to ever come down the pike (as Appropriations Committee chairman he opposed the Vietnam War and most defense spending requests) has few equals on today’s scene.
His political analysis of his congressional contemporaries is as meaningful now as it was when he served.
He said that most lawmakers were required to govern in “campaign mode,” and “Political solutions are found not on the left wing or the right wing, but in the center.”
Are you listening, Congress?