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  •  By all means... (0+ / 0-)

    Exploit the rules to retain the majority, while excoriating the right for doing the same thing.

    If the majority electorate agreed with these laws, or at least cared about them they would turn out to support the recalled incumbents. We saw how that worked out last time, so hey, let's just work the  metagame, and blame the system when people reject us!


    •  I hestitate (1+ / 0-)
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      to respond, as the tone of your comments suggests we're not going to get anywhere. And the last line of your comment above is borderline HR-worthy, as you're essentially flinging personal insults.

      But on the merits, I'll just point out that nowhere above did I say anything about exploiting anything to retain a majority. Nor am I excoriating the right -- at all. On a purely political level, this is extremely smart of them.

      And third, I don't believe Dems should do anything about the recall rules at any point before the next general election. And they should make it clear in advance that this is what they intend to do. That way, the electorate will have had a chance to weigh that information in their votes next November.

      Based on the way recalls have worked elsewhere (including with Dems as the proponents in Wisconsin), people just get sick and tired of them. Especially indies and swing voters. So I highly doubt that advocating changes to those rules would hurt the electoral chances of the average Dem candidate.

      •  Hesitate, I meant n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

        It is smart from a political perspective. The sad thing is that this is what substitutes for leadership now. Rather than trying to actually do some good, most of a politician's time is spent figuring out how to gain political advantage and little else, when if they actually made good law, they wouldn't need to wrangle advantage through playing the metagame.

        It's certainly not the system that was intended, and I grow tired of listening and reading on a daily basis about the fuffery these people are involved in rather than actually trying to govern. I'd like to see a lot of this horseshit cut out, and the people who practice said horseshit to lose their seats.

        Even sadder are the masses that cheer them on, like we're watching a fucking baseball game or something. It's to these people that my hypocrite comment applies.

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