- - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

“Dems turns against Dems in D.C.; city outraged congressional Democrats are blocking city funding” (Web, Oct. 7) gives us a peek behind the political curtain. The threat of presidential vetoes, together with party pressure, have put a metaphorical strait jacket on the Senate, with even red-state Democrats being forced to march in lockstep to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tune.

So instead of a free debate and votes on proposals that could help alleviate the current impasse, there exists only the rigidity of party discipline within the caucus. When red-state and nearly red-state voters elect Democrats with a conservative bent, those elected officials cannot avoid having to carry water for the liberal agenda of their national party when they get to Washington. The hope or expectation that sending a conservative Democrat to Congress would lead to some moderation in the overwhelmingly liberal Democratic Party is simply delusional. It only adds to the power of their liberal base.

VICTOR CHOLEWICKI

Washington