who came up with this "gang of ____" idea anyway? i made fun of it before, but in all seriousness, it just seems like a stupid idea to me. every two to six years the american public elects its representatives to congress. but rather than letting all of those representatives work on the most important issues of the day, they delegate that work to a small group who represents only a small fraction of the country. plus, they make sure the group is evenly split between the parties. it doesn't matter if the electorate chose to have a democratic majority, it's always got to be an even split.
it just seems like an idiotic way to draft the key elements of important legislation. plus, it's not very democratic. why would anyone think that is a good idea? (other than the minority party of course. but if they weren't elected as the majority, why should anyone other than the minority party members care?)