Saturday, March 06, 2010

Comity Because Congress People Stayed in Washington?

In discussions of why there is so much partisanship in Congress, one argument often heard is proximity: in the old days people stayed in Washington for weeks at a time travel was difficult which gave them the chance to get to know each other and develop friendships across party lines.

This bit from the 1930 blog doesn't undermine it, but it does point out the differences between now and the distant past--a 9 month Congressional vacation?
"The 71st Congress adjourned at noon Wednesday; the 72nd will convene in Dec., giving a 9-month respite from “legislative considerations.”

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