earlier. The DCCC's leaders had followed their Republican counterparts in embracing the Accommodationist paradigm and had gradually convinced Democrats in the House that the DCCC could play an influential role in national elections just as the NRCC did. The committees and their professional staffs had become fullfledged partners in the Washington establishment, for better and for worse. And though they could not insulate themselves entirely from the turbulent politics of the party-in-government, they had gained a large degree of autonomy and stability. The public clearly disliked the professionalized system of representation, deliberation, and choice the committees served, but the system worked, and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress intended to keep it.