Will Democrats Repeat Past Mistakes in 2014 Midterms?

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Congress has been under serious fire for stalls in its productivity and output of effective legislation — or legislation at all. Both parties are pointing fingers, blaming the lack of cooperation on the other. “After one of the least productive years in Congress’ history, [Republicans] decided they want to do even less [this year],” said Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) in frustration, according to the Washington Post. “The president said his focus is going to be going around Congress instead of working with it,” said Republican Speaker of the House John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), according to the Washington Post. “So we’ve got two options: we can follow the president’s lead and pack it in for the year and just wait for the election, or we can pursue our own vision and continue to present alternatives.”

Frustration has also been building within for Republican party members as well, with Tea Party conservatives at times creating rifts between conservative interests, as seen with Boehner’s blow up over Tea Party criticism of his efforts during the shutdown back in October. “I think they’re pushing our members in places where they don’t want to be. And frankly, I just think they’ve lost all credibility,” he said at the time. Ultimately, there’s still a solid chunk of time between now and the midterm elections, but the window for change is steadily closing, meaning both parties have challenges ahead of them in coming months.

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