Why is Congress so much more conservative than the American people? In particular, why is the House so much more conservative than the American people? Gerrymandering can explain the over-representation of Republicans in the House but it can't explain the over-representation of extreme right wingers in the Republican Party. And the same is true of the Democrats. The average Democratic voter is much more liberal than the average Democratic Congressman or Congresswoman. So what gives? My best guess is that the rich in both parties have seized control of the candidate selection process so that only moderate to conservative candidates run, even in the Democratic Party. But you have to wonder how long the unrepresented are going to sit still for being ignored.
The democrats in congress are just as much "left" as the GOP is "right". Really no surprise as most of the democratic strong holds in the country are mainly the big city "inner city" or around large college campus locations and made up of people wanting something for nothing.
Just follow the money. Corporate interests, extreme religious conservatives, the NRA, etc. They all funnel huge amounts of campaign cash to those that toe their line. In a way, the answer is simple, they don't represent the American people at all, but rather the interests of those that fund their increasingly expensive re-election campaigns. We badly need some very serious reform of our campaign finance laws, or you can expect this trend to at best, continue, or more likely, to worsen.
And yes, I know that unions and Jeff Soros also contribute a lot of cash. That's just the same errant behavior from the other side, and further proof that the system is just flat broken. Elections and elected officials should not be for sale to anyone, left, right, or whatever.
heilein, It is natural that people tend to resist change and become more conservative with age. We need term limit to weed out those old foggies, from Pelosi, Reid, "Mitch" McConnell, McCain etc. When interviewed, they always tell you that their supporters want them to run. What do they expect them to say? You are getting old and time to let the young guns a go?