INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Rep. Lee Hamilton says there's too much
political party loyalty in Washington.
The Indiana Democrat tells WIBC-FM says that with the continuing battles
over the health care overhaul and the possibility of a government
shutdown, excessive party loyalty is threatening the very fabric of
Hamilton says Americans' first loyalty should be to upholding the
Constitution and ensuring the country works. He says this often involves
Hamilton directs the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He says the
two-party system isn't the cause of current gridlock, but partisanship and
what he calls "ideological purity" are making progress more difficult.
Hamilton says most Americans are in the political center and that's where
work gets done.