Gridlock Not Likely to End With 112th Congress

New members are increasingly strident, unwilling to compromise, and hail from more polarized districts.


But Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, adds that she doesn't expect a boisterous and large freshman class in 2012.

"My hunch is that most of what is going to affect 2012 is the state of the economy," she says. "It looks like Republicans might get held a little bit accountable for the stalemate and might lose seats and Democrats might lose seats because voters could punish the president's party."

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