The Rift Widens


Adam Bonica expects the 112th Congress to be the most polarized in recent memory:

The hollowing out of the political center explained the momentous rise in polarization during the Southern realignment. Now that only a handful of moderates remain in the House, polarization can no longer be portrayed as a story of vanishing moderates. It appears the rise of the extremists has stepped up as the driving force behind congressional polarization.

Yglesias analyzes.