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Congress Needs Servant Leadership to Heal its Approval Numbers

Customary love for incumbents is on the rocks.

12:00 AM, May 13, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
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Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, chairman of the House Republican Conference agrees. Walking into the offices of the GOP Conference in the Longworth House Office Building, the words “servant leadership” appear on the wall as part of the House Republicans’ core objectives.

Boehner and Pence are on to something. Voters want a Congress that works for the people, not just for political elites. Yet the lexicon of Washington doesn’t put lawmakers in that role. The crafting of legislation includes powerbrokers, influence peddlers and self-interested politicians, not servant leaders.

Hearing lawmakers talk about this new vision is simultaneously jarring, refreshing and healing -- an ice-pack on the inflammation of public discontent.

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