Hamilton blames 'excessive party loyalty' in D.C.
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton says there's too much political party loyalty in Washington.
The Indiana Democrat tells WIBC-FM says that with the continuing battles over the health care overhaul and the possibility of a government shutdown, excessive party loyalty is threatening the very fabric of American government.
Hamilton says Americans' first loyalty should be to upholding the Constitution and ensuring the country works. He says this often involves compromise.
Hamilton directs the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He says the two-party system isn't the cause of current gridlock, but partisanship and what he calls "ideological purity" are making progress more difficult.
Hamilton says most Americans are in the political center and that's where work gets done.
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