The Electoral Connection: What Motivates Members of Congress? Pre-Discussion Rea

The Electoral Connection: What Motivates Members of Congress?
Pre-Discussion Reading:
David Mayhew, “The Electoral Connection”
Discussion Instructions (The Electoral Connection: What Motivates Members of Congress?)
In the following discussion, I want you to:
answer two of the four discussion questions below (in four sentences or less each)
comment on at least one classmate’s post (someone who wrote about the other topic, Should Members of Congress Mirror the American People), which you will gain access to once you post your original comment. Please say whether you agree or disagree with them and why. Posting a follow-up question about their post is also highly encouraged.
, which you will gain access to once you post your original comment
give a thumbs up to the best answer (other than your own)
Whoever gets the most thumbs up will get extra credit points towards the grade for this module.
Discussion question (The Electoral Connection: What Motivates Members of Congress?)
Choose two out of the three questions below and answer them in a single thread (no more than 4 sentences per answer).
In your own words, what is Mayhew’s argument and what are the three basic structural units of Congress that Mayhew uses to support his argument, and how does each unit support his argument?
If Mayhew’s theory is correct, why do you think the founders designed Congress to “facilitate re-election pursuits”?
Choose either #1 or #3 of the Discussion Questions at the end of the text and answer it.
Part 2
Part 2: Video Viewing Assignment
One of the best ways to understand the job of members of Congress is to see what their daily life looks like. The three following videos show a day in the life for a Senator and for two members of the House. (Choice of members was based on the limited availability and quality of videos, as opposed to party or other criterion.) Watch these three videos as preparation for a discussion activity up next.
Day in the life of Senator Doug Jones of Alabama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPm9DYiCVqc
Day in the life of Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVMZ2EkyYic
First week of Congressional Freshman orientation with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/12/12/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-pulls-back-curtain-on-inner-workings-of-congress.html
Discussion questions
What was the most important thing you learned about the lives of members of Congress from watching these videos? (3 sentences, 80 words maximum)
Based on these videos, how would you say members of Congress spend most of their time? (3 sentences, 80 words maximum)
What surprised you about the day-to-day life of members of Congress? (3 sentences, 80 words maximum)

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