November 26, 2018

Don’t Fret the Lame Duck

Christopher Koopman

Senior Affiliated Scholar

As the dust settles on the midterm elections, Congress has returned to Washington to wrap up unfinished business in a lame-duck session. It’s troubling for many people to know that some members of Congress are given one last chance to govern without ever facing an electorate again. Some even view it as a dangerous threat to democracy. As Will Rogers put it, “It's like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn't satisfactory and you let 'em out, but after you fired 'em, you let 'em stay long enough so they could burn your house down.”

In fact, we should all stop worrying and learn to love the lame ducks. Even some Washington partisans with much to lose in this session seem to be catching on...

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