By Dave Anderson:
Ezra Klein on democratic accountability and incentives for economic growth versus depression:
Voters do not tend to like parties that aren't able to deliver anything more than a ringing endorsement of crushing poverty at the hands of more powerful countries.
Charlie Cook (via Outside the Beltway) on institutional insulation against policy preference changes:
Using The Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index as a measuring stick, our preliminary analysis indicates that the number of strongly Democratic districts-those with a score of D+5 or greater at the presidential level-decreased from 144 before redistricting to 136 afterward. The number of strongly Republican districts-those with a score of R+5 or greater-increased from 175 to 183. When one party starts out with 47 more very strong districts than the other, the numbers suggest that the fix is in for any election featuring a fairly neutral environment.
Oh, I was supposed to be talking about Greece where the institutional feature of a bonus 50 seats in Parliament performs the same function to lock in crap policy....