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13 September 2013 @ 12:14 pm
good read: it's all about the political parties  
"The parties are very strong and have been getting stronger. The 'outside' groups are mostly party-aligned groups, organized outside of formal party organizations but tightly connected to party networks; Members of Congress are far less independent of their parties than they were twenty or forty years ago. They are elected by mostly party-connected campaigns, with party-connected money and other resources. The parties are so strong that individual politicians - including presidents and chamber leadership - are tightly constrained, and cannot do much freelancing."
-Jonathan Bernstein