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  •  Why the Disconnect (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, MPociask

    Why are the Democrats not way ahead (or at least ahead)
    on the Generitic Balot?
    Why does the GOP have a 60% of retaking the Senate (Nate Silver) ?
    something doesn't connect!!

    a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

    by Jamesleo on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:31:53 AM PDT

    •  gerrymandering. (0+ / 0-)

      Lead with Love. Forgive as a reflex.

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:38:13 AM PDT

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      •  Does gerrymandering impact the Senate that much? (1+ / 0-)
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        Gentle Giant

        Do any states elect Senators based on district-by-district votes, or aren't Senators selected on just a statewide vote?

        Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

        by bigtimecynic on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:46:50 AM PDT

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      •  gerrymandering only takes plce (2+ / 0-)
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        Gentle Giant, Naniboujou

        in congressional districts. Governors and US Senators are state wide elections. The polling in various Senate races is not consistent with the unfavorability of the GOP in these polls. That is the Disconnect

        a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

        by Jamesleo on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 10:31:29 AM PDT

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    •  Look at the reporting... (0+ / 0-)

      The media sucks at it.  When a majority of Senators want to pass a bill, but the Republican minority uses the 60 vote threshold to block it, how's that reported?  Republicans filibuster bill supported by majority of Senate?  How about a non-partisan Minority of Senators filibuster bill supported by majority of Senate?  Nope!  You'll see "A bill failed to pass a procedural hurdle in the Senate."  

      Of course, you'll never see any substantive reporting on what's actually inside these bills, or how different proposals compare in reality - you're lucky to get dueling sound-bytes.  Of course, those will never be fact checked.

      Dueling sound-bytes, false equivalence, court stenographers - call it what you want, but the end result is that all politics has been reduced in the media to two parties trading blame - and how can the public decide?
      How could anyone seeing the news actually know what's going on?

      The President isn't much help on this, either - he blames Congress as much as he blames Republicans.  

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