Cutting and running 7 days early from their planned Oct. 8th departure, members of Congress fled the hot and toxic atmosphere on Capitol Hill and returned to face constituents in their home states for the midterm elections.
In many respects, the Tea Party is no different from many of us on the Left. No doubt, we don't have common ends. But we do have a common enemy. And we need to find a way to push a common movement that defeats it.
Every day, we see a steady stream of news reports of fundraisers with lobbyists, ongoing ethics investigations, and millions of dollars in outside secret spending. It is no wonder if we're angry ... or alienated.
By supporting the Fair Elections Now Act, we can drastically reduce the money that goes directly to candidates. Progressives need more ammunition to campaign on, and this remind voters why Washington is not one undifferentiated mess.
The anti-incumbent tide that surged through the primary season is now headed for the general elections. Officeholders who want to keep their heads above water would be wise to support reform that changes business as usual in Washington, D.C.
Media and party operatives have achieved a new low in cynicism, inspiring more of the electorate to turn off and drop out. Ever-more right-leaning Democratic and Republican parties have delivered us over to the plutocracy.
Federal races would look more like Connecticut state elections if the Fair Elections Now Act was enacted. Non-millionaire candidates would have more than a fighting chance when running against bottomless pockets.
The DISCLOSE Act is good start at addressing the expected upsurge in independent political spending to influence elections, but may fall far short of addressing the source of the problem: direct special interest funding.