Two University Professors Analyze the Party Politics of the ElectionBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 07 Nov 2012 07:13pm |
This week’s election points out just how divided Mississippians are along party lines. But as MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports some analyst believe incumbent loyalty may be partly to blame.
Beginning this January, Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker and all four of the states U.S. House members will begin another cycle in Washington. Dr. Marvin King, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi has a theory as to why so many Mississippi politicians are often reelected even when little seems to be getting done in Washington.
"While race and demographics play an important role what's even more important is the power of incumbency. And people believe their incumbent when they come home from DC and say I'm working my hardest for you, to represent you, to do everything you ask me to do it's those other congressmen that are the fault and people believe that. And they send back the same incumbents year after year. "
While Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate they failed to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. Now President Barack Obama, in his newly authorized second term, will face the same divided congress in 2013. However, Dr. Marty Wiseman, Director of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University believes now is the time to put politics aside and work together to find solutions.
"One thing that the election did is gave us a chance to say wait a minute lets heal this womb a little bit. And given what Dr. King said about the low esteem in congress the American public pointed their finger in their face and said ok now go up there and get it right this time."
The first post election test of wills could start next week when Congress returns from its election recess to deal with a looming tax hike that could affect millions of Americans. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.
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