It’s not just the Republican Party that is losing moderates. The number of moderate Democrats in Congress is also shrinking. During the 111th Congress, from 2009 through 2010, there were 54 members of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate and conservative Democratic lawmakers. Now there are only 15 members, the Washington Post reported. Some of the lawmakers lost elections after redistricting placed them in Republican-leaning districts. Others retired out of frustration with gridlock and partisanship. The loss of moderation on both sides is a key reason why this past Congress was the least productive ever.
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