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Polarization of Congress in Graphs

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    VoteView, March 15, 2015: The Polarization of the Congressional Parties

    Rachel Maddow discussed these graphs in her website. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and if you like graphs, these series clearly depict how the politicians we have elected to Congress since 1879 have shifted positions over time. In the last 40 years, Republicans in Congress have moved further to the right, mostly after Reagan. The graphs require a bit of thought.

    PS -- Somehow the link above didn't work. I have changed it to the VoteView website. From there you can click on the link to Polarization topic.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Thanks for sharing, Schmidt. Those were some rather interesting graphs.

    I spend a lot of time thinking about changing political alignments and how the parties basically flipped after the cultural revolution in the 1960's. I also am convinced we are on the verge of another titanic shift in political alignments in the next 15-20 years. The country is moving to the left and will continue to do so as a younger generation of voters becomes eligible to vote.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    When we get caught up in arguing single issues, we sometimes forget the big picture. There are so many things that have contributed to this latter 40 year trend, and the prior ups and downs, that it sometimes is hard to grasp the enormity of it all. I'm hitting the road for a couple of weeks...relaxing time for critical thinking.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote: When we get caught up in arguing single issues, we sometimes forget the big picture. There are so many things that have contributed to this latter 40 year trend, and the prior ups and downs, that it sometimes is hard to grasp the enormity of it all. I'm hitting the road for a couple of weeks...relaxing time for critical thinking.
    Schmidt, have a great time, indeed relax, do not think too much, that gives you a headache, we'll behave and follow the site rules ( just kidding)
    Have great one and enjoy while you still can. All the best Rob