The Midterm elections are upon us, and with that many new faces are sure to be seen in Washington. However, there are also a lot of politicians who will find themselves exiting the world of politics. Among them Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who seems to have been beaten up by Washington; it has left a sour taste in his mouth.
When being interviewed by Diane Sawyer for ABC News, Schwarzenegger said that nothing can get accomplished with politics involved. He also went on to say that parties get in the way, and it becomes, “I’m representing my party. My party is not happy with this,” according to The Kansas City Star. Arnold is not the only exiting politician who has had harsh words for Washington; there are many other politicians who have something to say as well.
Representative Dennis Moore, a Democrat from Kansas who has been a congressman for 12 years and has decided to retire, isn’t going to miss Capitol Hill at all. Moore has said that, “This last year was the worst I have seen it up here in terms of partisanship,” according to USA Today. He has also even received nasty letters from constituents. To sum it all up, Washington just isn’t for him anymore.
Representative Bob Inglis, a Republican from South Carolina who lost the Republican primary to run in the mid-term elections, also has not-so-kind words to say about the state of the country’s politicians. In a C-SPAN interview, Inglis said that Washington needs people to lead, and that is not what is going on in politics right now. Inglis also spoke about how each party wants to “vilify the other side,” according to The Huffington Post. He went on to give examples such as the rumors that President Obama was not born here, and also talked about how Sarah Palin has been saying that if the Obama health care plan was to be enacted, then people would get care that was rationed off to them, according to The Huffington Post. All of this, he says, is a horrible way that some politicians use their political platforms, to incite fear in people.
So, even though many of the politicians who are on their way out in Washington could be bitter about that, there also has to be some truth to what they’re saying. We have all heard about the nasty politics that have taken over in Washington, and hopefully the new politicians coming into office will stop this alarming trend. We can only hope.
The Buzz, “The ‘governator’ has soured on Washington Politics” The Kansas City Star
Kathy Kiely, “An exit interview for politicians” USA Today
Elyse Siegel, “Republican Congressman Bob Inglis Blasts His Own Party: ‘We’re Getting What We Deserve'” The Huffington Post