Washington gridlock is Gingrich’s legacy
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Editor’s note: Sean Theriault is an associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of “The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution.”
Austin, Texas (CNN) — The current squabbling between the House and the Senate on the payroll tax cut extension perfectly epitomizes why congressional approval is in the single digits. Highlighting this debacle, Newt Gingrich ends his first television ad in Iowa proclaiming that by “working together, we can and will rebuild the America we love.”
Expecting Newt Gingrich to work together with Democrats and Republicans to end the partisan deadlock in Washington is a bit like asking the fox to guard the chicken coop.