John Dingell

Congressional old guard retires, leaving calcified partisanship in place [Commentary]

The trend of abandoning Congress continues as its longest-serving member, Democratic Rep. John Dingell Jr. of Michigan, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has announced he will retire. He is going out with a bang, remarking that he finds "serving in the House to be obnoxious" given its members' inability to work across party lines.

The 87-year-old legislative expert, winding up 58 years of service, also cited President Obama's recent pivot to the use of executive orders to achieve what he can't get through Congress. Referring to the dictionary, he noted that "Congress means coming together," the great...