Polls consistently show that around 85 percent disapprove of the performance of Congress and that voters feel most members of Congress listen to party leaders more than the people they represent.

It seems fair to conclude that we are displeased. We might ask: Why don’t politicians get it? Well, they don’t have to care. Voter choices are usually limited to two candidates chosen by the more fervent activists on either end of the spectrum.

The more important question is: Why don’t we voters get it? We are unhappy but keep voting them in.

We have a choice with Eliot Cutler, who has proven himself successful in business and public affairs. We should have learned from Angus King’s tenure that independents can bridge the partisan gap and succeed.

Jeffrey Tindall


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