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Senator Jeff Bingaman(D) and Senator Olympia Snowe(R) sat down with Gwen Ifill of the PBS News Hour for a frank discussion on why they are leaving.
Wrote a rhyme the other day that asked; Is Congress broke?
I said yes and blamed the Members. Maybe I misspoke...
In a recent interview, The PBS News Hour
Sat down with 2 Senators resigning seats of power;
(Bingaman, New Mexico, and Snowe who comes from Maine)
Asked them if they feared that Congress might have grown insane.
Snowe - and boy, I love her - said that when we won't elect
People who will compromise, what else do we expect?
I had never thought of that before. I think she's right.
Every campaign ad I've seen in any election fight
Always makes an issue of some vote the other guy
Sided with opponents on - imply that he would lie.
But, with checks and balances, that's what they're s'posed to do;
Start from basic principles... Agree to bend a few.
These days we're so polarized that maybe we forgot
In a good democracy the middle ground is sought.
Yet, we're in a pickle for the people on the Hill
Can't agree on anything and, right now, no one will
Step across a party line in an election year.
It would just sneak up behind and bite them on the rear.