Who Is to Blame for Washington Gridlock?

Former Hill staffer Mike Lofgren discusses why Congress is so dysfunctional.

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What do you want voters to take away from your book?

The notion that the United States is not immortal; it can't go on with a dysfunctional political system forever. People have to be civically engaged, intelligently engaged and informed, and although one can stand back and be apathetic [and say], "well, the special interests simply took over and I have nothing to say," well, it happened gradually over time because the public wasn't engaged. They didn't stop it when it might have been easier to stop. They didn't hold politicians accountable.

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