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Jonathan Bernstein

Why Republicans Don't Care About Fixing Washington

Their zeal for various reforms is usually about the interests of the party, not the government or the people it serves.
Only way out is in.

Only way out is in.

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Political polarization has been tearing apart Washington for years, but Republicans have found a way to make it even worse. Unlike just a few years ago, Congress now suffers all of the costs of partisan polarization without many of the very real benefits.

Here's an example. USA Today's Brad Heath notes something fascinating about the Republican attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. In short, they're just lashing out at random pieces of the criminal justice system because those things are at the moment inconvenient for them. There's no sustained argument that they're actually wrong in any way: