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  •  What! No coverage of the election in South (2+ / 0-)
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    Carolina in which Sanford is running with 15 other Republicans and another business savy Elizabeth, Colbert's sister Lulu, is expected to get the Democratic nod for the seat vacated by selection of Scott for the Senate?
    (What is it about people named Scott?)

    The Detroit Free Press has a good story up, except for still perpetuating the meme that political parties matter, because, of course, so many candidates are hard to cover.
    That's why sports have teams. To make it easy for the media to keep track.
    Whatever happened to the people who knew every player's stats, their strengths and their ancillary hobbies? When did groupism take over the media?
    Strange that in the age of individualism people only count when they are part of a group.
    Since Sanford is now engaged to his Argentine "soul mate," perhaps the rise of the Argentine will be a theme, if he gets nominated. Though, Pope Francis will probably not bless the Sanford second marriage, since Chapur is also a divorcee.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:47:14 AM PDT

    •  The name Scott (3+ / 0-)
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      I do find it interesting. I find it interesting that there are a large number of coincidental names in politics. I suppose following the Law of Large Numbers, there are bound to be a number of patterns emerging, namely the most common names in society will be more prevalent in politicians. That being said, as our sample size is obviously not infinite, there are a few anomalies. For instance, how many congressional candidates can be named Patrick Murphy relative to the percentage of the population actually named Patrick Murphy?

      •  OK, politicians have to be good talkers. (0+ / 0-)

        The Irish who migrated to the states were largely a talking population because their British overlords forbad them learning to read and write. Whether we emphasise the aural and oral or the visual and tactile skills makes a difference. I suspect that it's not possible to develop all our senses equally.
        When we now say that some politicians are out of touch, I think that is a valid observation of an observable factor. It's actually possible that the sense of touch keeps us connected with the material world and people whose sense of touch is dull, don't connect. So they just talk to make themselves noticed and heard, often times no more connected to the subject than a parrot.
        People who like to read and write are glad to leave the talking to someone else. We presume people know what they are talking about because that's what we do. That they are just parrotting what they hear doesn't register, perhaps because our heads are in the clouds.
        More attention must be paid.

        Scotts settled the Carolina low countries and Georgia and the Appalachians. I don't think their oral/aural traditions are as strong as the Irish, but I may be wrong.

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        by hannah on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 07:23:41 AM PDT

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      •  Murphys! (0+ / 0-)

        I wonder whether some people change their name to Murphy just to run for office as a Dem. Don't forget Chris Murphy, Scott Murphy, Lois Murphy, etc.

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        by sacman701 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:57:01 AM PDT

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    •  political parties don't matter? (1+ / 0-)
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      What percentage of congress is made up of individuals who are not members of political parties?  

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 07:43:17 AM PDT

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      •  What percentage of congress is made up of (0+ / 0-)

        individuals who are not either male or female? Membership does not equal significance.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:19:23 AM PDT

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        •  You can predict with a high level of certainty (3+ / 0-)

          How a member will vote in office, even if you know nothing else besides their party. In fact, in many countries you don't even vote for individuals, just their parties.

          You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

          by Gpack3 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:28:12 AM PDT

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          •  True, but we are not many countries. (0+ / 0-)

            If there is to be government by the people, political parties are an anachronism, unless they find something other than distributing favors to do.
            It's not just Republicans who aren't keen on the people governing.

            We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

            by hannah on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 09:46:09 AM PDT

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            •  Even in non-partisan governing bodies (2+ / 0-)
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              People still split into discrete factions based on ideology, without regard to any other political parties they might be involved with. It happens all the time on the local level. People share beliefs with each other, and form organizations with people who share those beliefs in order to coordinate their actions and more effectively translate those beliefs into policy.

              You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

              by Gpack3 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 02:05:12 PM PDT

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        •  what does? (0+ / 0-)

          It determines who controls congress, the ultimate law-making body in this country.  Seems important to me.

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:23:35 AM PDT

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