Can the midterm outcome “solve” Washington’s problems? No. But it can make things worse.

November 4, 2014
An old adage is that lawmakers win reelection by “running against Washington.”  According to a recent Gallup poll, just 14% of Americans approve of Congress’s job performance. So while… Read More

Vote Scores are hurting Vulnerable Senate Democrats

October 30, 2014
Several Senate Democrats are running their campaigns as far away from the President as possible. Democrats are defending six states that Mitt Romney won in 2012. Three Democratic incumbents… Read More

Don’t like the president’s “power grab” on ISIS? Blame Congress.

October 2, 2014
Pundits on both sides of the aisle are criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to bomb ISIS targets without seeking congressional approval.  For example, Andrew Sullivan compares Obama’s actions to… Read More

Seven Numbers to Remember About the VA Compromise

July 28, 2014
According to multiple sources, Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have reached a tentative agreement on a bill to overhaul the Veterans Affairs health care… Read More

Why the Logic of “Throwing the Bums Out” is Wrong

July 7, 2014
As the election season ramps up, Americans offer dozens of claims about the “problems” facing our country and their purported “solutions.”  But while many of these claims are amenable to… Read More

Obama, a Republican Congress, and Impeachment

June 19, 2014
Some Republicans are eager to impeach the President. Some are so eager that they go on the record saying that impeachment would probably pass the House of Representatives. Barletta (R-LA),… Read More

Are Career Politicians “Out of Touch” with Constituents?

June 9, 2014
On Tuesday, Republican voters in South Carolina head to the polls to elect a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Lindsey Graham.  Graham, who’s held the position since 2002,… Read More

Bergdahl, Benghazi, and Beyond: The Politics of Congressional Investigations

June 6, 2014
Is Bowe Bergdahl the new Benghazi? It would certainly seem so.  Several Republicans are calling for investigations into the now infamous prisoner swap.  Calls for impeachment… Read More

Could Boehner be the first Speaker to Win Seats and Lose Job?

May 14, 2014
The Fix recently wrote about how “A 2015 rebellion against John Boehner would be unprecedented.” In the piece Philip Bump argues that “no speaker has overseen a pick-up of… Read More

Assessing Congressional Productivity: Getting it Right

May 12, 2014
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog had a write up on congressional productivity not long ago. Its central thesis is Congress is more productive in election years than in non-election years. This is… Read More