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  •  Democracy works best with functioning parties (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    The Republican inability to function (as it is here in MD) is a real threat to our democracy.  They can't function internally so who in their right mind would want to turn public functions over to them?  

    The best thing we can do is hope they come to their senses or better yet disappear in a political realignment and is replaced by something better that does not mistake the rear view mirror for the windshield.  

    •  But they're insane! (1+ / 0-)
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      The days of Republicans like John Danforth, Lincoln Chaffee, Chuck Percy, Nelson Rockefeller, and Susan Collins are over. Today's Republican Party puts forth people like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Steve Stockman, Michele Bachmann, and Paul Broun. By the way, if it's true that the GOP is trying to clear the field for Steve King (speaking of insane!) in the Iowa Senate race, that ain't no toss-up. Also, where did it come from that Mary Landrieu was retiring? I thought she was ramping up for reelection.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 04:33:49 PM PST

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      •  Speaking of Maryland Republicans, (0+ / 0-)

        we used to have a wonderful one!  He actually was considered a liberal Republican (can you imagine such a thing now?).  I found this interesting tibdit about his first Senate race:

        Mathias officially declared his candidacy for the Senate on February 10, 1968, calling for troop reductions in the Vietnam War, and identifying urban blight, racial discrimination, welfare reform, and improving public schools as major issues.[11] As the campaign drew on, the two primary issues became the War and criminal activity. Mathias argued that the extensive bombing campaigns in North Vietnam should be reduced, while Brewster (the Democrat) had argued for increasing bombardment. Brewster adopted a hard line stance on law and order, while Mathias advocated addressing the precipitating causes of poverty and the low standard of living in urban ghettos. Campaign finances were also an issue, with controversy erupting over Brewster's receipt of $15,000 in campaign contributions from his Senate staff and their families.  (bold added)
        From the same link, he also endorsed Obama in 2008.  I am proud to say I got to vote for him twice before he retired and have not voted for a Republican for federal office since.  Oh, to have more like him in either party.

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