By LIZ SIDOTI, The Huffington Post

Every election year, they become the popular ones, the celebrities with the power to hire or fire politicians. Then, when actual governing begins, they become the forgotten ones – jilted wallflowers watching as the leaders they elected are devoured into a political system dominated by extremes.

These middle-of-the-road American voters feel betrayed, and many grow cynical. Why, they wonder, did they bother to cast ballots at all?

It’s always a dramatic fall for the ideological center of the country, independents and moderates in swing-voting states and regions that hold outsized sway in determining the balance of power in Washington. One minute, every candidate promises to represent your interests. The next, freshly elected lawmakers carry the water of their parties’ far wings and ignore the wishes of everybody else.

Read more…