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  •  There was also this little gem: (4+ / 0-)
    Promoting elections is generally a good thing even when they produce victories for democratic forces we disagree with. But elections are not a good thing when they lead to the elevation of people whose substantive beliefs fall outside the democratic orbit. It’s necessary to investigate the core of a party’s beliefs, not just accept anybody who happens to emerge from a democratic process.
    If he really feels this way, then we should be expecting a new column next week about what is happening in Texas, or Wisconsin, or the simple fact that even though the Republicans did not win the majority popular vote practically anywhere, they have still have important majorities in the house, and super majorities in many states. That is not representative democracy.

    How many polls have to be taken to show the GOP that even among their own constituency, people want them to govern. A majority of Americans think abortion should be legal, we should have marriage equality and that the government should be focused on job creation.

    Do they care? No. Because they "govern" from an ideo-religious fantasy land that doesn't give two farts about majority opinion. They are subverting democracy by any means necessary as we speak.

    That Brooks completely ignores that the same thing is not only going on right in his own backyard, but he's one of the biggest mainstream cheerleaders, is the very salient point that Hunter is elucidating.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 10:35:23 AM PDT

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