Electing for Partisanship
According to a recent Gallup poll, only 21% of respondents are satisfied with the direction of the country (Saad, 2010). Although some of the dissatisfaction can be attributed to the difficult times and a lagging economy, a lot of commentary and public discourse assigns blame to the notion that Washington is broken (Rasmussen, 2010). While these sentiments point to a general frustration with the federal government, they also seem to include a frustration with the political process itself. There are many factors that could be involved in explaining the political anxiety—special interests, campaign finance issues, machine politics, and the 24-hour media cycle to name a few. For this article, I will specifically focus on partisanship in the political process.