Representative Paul Ryan is a good illustration of my analysis and observations in my April 21st posting “Making Democracy Work.” The more a representative serves in the interest of his Party, the more he/she loses contact with the constituency and represents those at home less and less.
Over the week-end, the way Ryan was received back home proves that principle. It appeared that most of the citizens present at his “town meeting” weren't as enamored with his” budget plan,” as were the Republicans in Washington, D.C.
My thesis is that the more one serves Party or his/her own interest, the less he/she is likely to serve the in interest of those to be represented in the District.
The same may be true of Governor Walker.
Walker is more of a Party man than one working in the interest of the County, previously as Milwaukee County Executive and now as Governor in the interest of the State.
The overwhelming win of the Democrat in Milwaukee and the reaction to Walker's “budget” legislation in Madison are other recent indications of the principle that I've explained.
Although one runs on the platform of one's Party, Parties hold more or less a changing attraction to voters depending on the political situations unless a district or State is overwhelming of one Party. Therefore, being too strong a Party person doesn't always work out in representing all of the citizens' interests.
Our forefathers didn't think in terms of the Parties when they developed the Constitution and many today who claim that we've moved away from the Constitution have themselves moved closer to their own Party interests, when they think about it, than what the Constitution intended.
One running as an Independent would perhaps have to serve most of the interests of the District or local jurisdiction he/she serves to represent than one too closely linked with the interests of Party.
We have recently seen the short-comings of representative government where Party divisions run so strongly. Perhaps someone will find some solutions to this deficiency in the future.