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  •  Jonathan Bernstein's observation (14+ / 0-)

    (and Rachel Maddow's as well) is interesting because obstructing progressive legislation is now definitional for the GOP.  

    ALEC's crows roosting on the cradle of the republic, etc.

    Big Oil and the Koch brothers suggesting that money for Chicago-to-Minneapolis high-speed rail be returned to Washington.  

    McConnell spending whole days playing to a kill-the-government cadre of lobbyists and insiders.  

    We know 2014 comes before the next White House cycle, but the next Republican ticket will emerge out of this obstructionist dwelling.  I run down their list of possible candidates and the swing state electoral math simply is not there.  

    Let's bare our teeth in 2014 for the mid-terms and then force the Republicans to defend their field of what looks like spectacularly wretched candidates for 2016.  

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      commonmass, Remediator, Eric Nelson

         ...the way you think, Remediator!

      Compost for a greener piles?

      by Hoghead99 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:38:27 AM PDT

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    •  Bernstein's argument is bunk (0+ / 0-)

      Bernstein makes the following (paraphrased) case:

      1. the first 10 bills demonstrate the party's agenda
      2. the republicans haven't filled many of these slots this term
      3. the democrats didn't either last time, but ignore that because everyone knows the democrats had an agenda
      4. besides, the democrats were able to enact their bills (with a dem senate/president)
      5. therefore the republicans must be lazy/post-policy/idea-free

      This argument is self-contradictory.  If the dearth of "first ten" bills is meaningless for the dems, then it's meaningless for the repubs.

      I am not necessarily disagreeing with his conclusion, but bad arguments bug me regardless of what I think of the point being espoused.  If punditry is to be helpful, it is because it helps people convince those who disagree with them.  Bad arguments and faulty logic don't do that.

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