Out Of Whack: Polls Are In, Voting Is Not

The polls," said House Majority Whip Tom Delay last month with characteristic delicacy, "are a joke." And in that spirit, the Republicans have thumbed their nose at the American people. Americans want Clinton to stay. They oppose impeachment hearings. They want the whole thing to end. And the Republicans don't care.

And they are right not to care. In our democracy, politicians are not supposed to listen to polls. But they are not supposed to rely solely on personal conscience either. The people should guide politicians' actions, and the framers of the Constitution established a mechanism for them to do so:...

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