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  •  I appreciate your point. (8+ / 0-)

    My greatest hope for this election is a paradigm shift that has happened a few times throughout our political history.   I certainly don't wish for the Republican Party to be destroyed, as it is vital that our country have multiple political parties to exercise the intent of our Republican.  However, I hope the party is so damaged that it will have to reinvest itself in such a manner that it no longer relies on divide and conquer to accomplish its goals.  Possibly, such a paradigm shift would allow the Democratic Party to move farther to the left, allowing the completion of what many consider dream projects like universal healthcare, ending poverty, gay marriage, etc.  The Republican Party may find it neccessary in such a shift to move more toward the middle.  I doubt that this will happen so dramatically, so fast.  However, I do expect that this may be the long term direction.  Progress has always found a way in our country, although it sometimes is as easy as pulling teeth.  

    'Who ever heard of superdelegates till a black guy was in the race?' -Chris Rock

    by nicweb on Fri May 16, 2008 at 10:26:11 PM PDT

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    •  I think you might have missed the memo (4+ / 0-)
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      see, the Republican Party can't move to the middle because they already are the middle

      see, and then everyone else becomes left of center and to avoid the label of Librul moves merrily over from the old-center to the new-center while the Republicans then become free to move the center further to the right while lambasting and demonizing everyone all over again

      It reminds me a lot of the Great Loyalty Oath Crusade in Catch-22.

      aside: if Bush as Cathcart and Cheney as Korn ...

      "There is no limit to what you can do if you have the power to change the rules." -Josh Marshall

      by grollen on Fri May 16, 2008 at 11:46:20 PM PDT

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    •  I wonder if they (and we) wouldn't be better off (4+ / 0-)
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      I'd like to see us work toward Instant Recount Voting. Every one gets to rate the candidates as their 1st, 2nd. 3rd choice. On the first tally, any of the candidates that don't make that group have  that vote changed to the voter's #2 choice. This continues until one candidate has >50% of the vote.

      It allows smaller parties to get votes without the voter Nadering the election. Eventually we would be able to determine if the Greens were fielding better supported camdidates than the GOP. I don't think it would change fast, which could be fine. I just think more serious competition would help all the parties. There aren't too many democracies that only have 2 major parties. Or at least don't have some 3rd parties with a higher percentage of elected officials.

      •  We need fusion voting for viable minor parties. (1+ / 0-)
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        My understanding is that fusion voting is much more important than instant-runoff voting, except for Presidential elections. If a fringe politician talks a lot more about instant-runoff voting than fusion voting, that indicates lazy egomania to me, a desire to go straight for the top without doing the hard work of building up a party first.

        McCain '08: because a magical money fairy will keep us from having to tax rich people! And if you believe that, I have a country to sell out from under you.

        by SciVo on Sat May 17, 2008 at 12:50:19 AM PDT

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      •  Issue: Kenneth J Arrow's "Monograph 14" (1+ / 0-)
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        Kenneth J Arrow's "Monograph 14" is a formal logic proof that it is possible for majority rules elections to select the least preferred candidate.

        The thrust of it is that when you take the strength of preference into account, as this method does, it is logically possible to choose the person least preferred by the entire group.

        Since it's only a possibility that can happen under special circumstances, it may still be better than our current method. Still, it should be studied before such a change is made.

        If seniority equated to good judgment, McCain would be appointed president.

        by Juan4All on Sat May 17, 2008 at 06:03:19 AM PDT

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