I guess being an Independent in Congress means you can always be in the majority party by simply caucusing with whichever party happens to win the latest election.
According to the Hill:
Senator Angus King who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans.
He is leaving open the possibility of aligning himself with the GOP if control of the upper chamber changes hands.
Some are speculating that Senator King may not be the only one to switch sides. Seems the GOP may be courting West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin to become a Republican after the midterms. He often bucks the Democratic party already.
Don’t jump up and down just yet, although both of these folks may choose to caucus with the Republicans, you can’t count on their vote on conservative issues. In fact, Senator Kings American Conservative Union score is 13/100.
Seems to us the two party system is problematic in this way, an independent has to caucus with one party or another to get action on his potential legislation and to get a committee assignment.
Maybe if this were not the case, Congressman could ACTUALLY be Independent.