Congress, like any serious institution, functions by socializing its members to work together.
Keith E. Whittington: Trump’s defiance is destroying Congress’s powerThese norms had their downsides, frustrating efforts to reform Congress, and creating some distance between members and the public they represented.
But they also yielded great benefits—forming legislators who would play their assigned role in our system and defend the legislature’s prerogatives.
They act like outsiders commenting on Congress, rather than like insiders participating in it.
Such members try to gain status and prominence by endlessly scorning the institution they worked so hard to enter.

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