BOSTON -- Massachusetts Democrats are failing voters who "just want them to work together to get things done," according to WBZ's Jon Keller in a piece out today. Keller slams Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her fellow Democrats for their low rankings on an index that measures the bipartisan effectiveness of members of Congress. From her obstruction of a bipartisan bill that boosted local opioid funding, or her willingness to flip-flop-flip on issues so she can cater to national liberals, there's no shortage of examples that prove Warren is focused on politics, not governing.
Massachusetts Weak In Congress Bipartisan Rankings
By Jon Keller
It’s one of the biggest political clichés there is, a common phrase fed-up voters tell pollsters when expressing their frustration with Congress – we just want them to work together to get things done.
And the abysmal approval ratings for Congress show voters aren’t getting what they want.
So why do we keep voting in people who are relentlessly partisan?
The Lugar Center, a Washington think tank, puts out an annual bipartisan index that measures the frequency with which members of Congress co-sponsor a bill or attract co-sponsors for their bills across party lines, a sign, they argue, of efforts to “prioritize governance over posturing.”
And our Massachusetts delegation does not do well.
In the Senate, Elizabeth Warren ranked 88th among the 100 members, and Ed Markey ranked 92nd. At the very bottom of the rankings, for context – Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, perhaps the Senate’s most outspoken ideologues.
We live in contentious, polarized times, no question. But these scores predate the inauguration of President Trump. This can’t be blamed on him. It’s business as usual.
And remember, these rankings aren’t based on the way they voted, but on their failure to build working coalitions across party lines.
They might argue the other side is so irrational, they simply can’t find dance partners, but others seem to manage. That’s why a bad score here should be seen as bad news for the scorer.