Nation: What's on the Voter's Mind

Legislators get an earful

Jimmy Carter, who gained power in Washington as a political outsider, has renewed his 1976 campaign charge that the nation's capital is an "isolated" city, out of touch with the rest of America.

None of the Washington insiders resents that contention more than the members of Congress, who insist that their duties —indeed, their political survival—require them to know what is on the minds of their constituents. As evidence, they point to their recesses as a time when they renew contact with the folks in their home districts. While many...

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