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Voters shifting right force House GOP to keep pace; Dems face more liberal-leaning electorate

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  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 22, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    "...Independent research supports the belief by these lawmakers that they owe their jobs to increasingly conservative activists, and that it's safer than ever to veer right on many subjects rather than seek compromise with Democrats...".

    Owe their jobs to increasingly conservative activists?

    How about owing their jobs to constituents?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 22, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    "Independent research supports the belief by these lawmakers that they owe their jobs to increasingly conservative activists"

    While I agree with the statement, it should not be interpreted to mean that the country is more conservative. It just means that those on the far right are speaking louder and have the resources to affect elections.

    I believe that the majority of the GOP supporters are still moderate, just like Reagan.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    July 22, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    Insert the word "redistricting" in order to make it more accurate. Why make any attempt to please Democrats when your district has been drawn in such a way as to exclude them? Your only worry as an incumbent is a primary challenge - from the right. Result? Two hundred plus House members who all talk like Mike Lee.

  • David Centerville, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:35 p.m.

    This is not surprising, but still concerning. It reveals that politicians care less about doing the right thing (doing the country's business, compromising to move things along), than saving their own seats in Congress.

    Term limits could help these politicians find some courage. Twelve years for House members, 12 years for the Senate.