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  •  Well, I wrote a diary on this... (14+ / 0-)

    because I don't believe he did change his position - he compromised and voted on a bill that he would never have written himself, but his position did not change. Link.

    •  Senators represent constituents (4+ / 0-)
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      To do a good job as a Senator, you vote the way Illinois want you to vote for example.

      Prove Illinois didn't want FISA and you've got something.

      But the fact is, Senate voting and Presidentin' have really nothing in common at all.

      "Only the PTA? You know what the PTA stands for? Three things I respect and fear: Parents, Teachers, and Associations." [Rob Petrie]

      by eroded47095 on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 07:49:36 PM PDT

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      •  Saying a Senator represents his constituents (0+ / 0-)

        and concluding that that means the Senators should vote their constituents' preferences - preferences, I assume, known by the outcome of polls - is not logical.  Senators are elected to represent the best interests of their constituents, are supposed to know more about the issues involved in determining what the best interests of their constituents really are and wise enough to use that knowledge to effect the best outcome for their constituents.

        Look at the "Drill more/Drill now" controversy now raging.  63% of the country believes the Congress should grant OCS and perhaps even ANWR drilling rights to the oil companies and that doing so will somehow ease the burden of high gasoline prices.  Senators who understand the ramifications of granting drilling rights know that voting their constituents' preference won't solve their constituents' immediate problem with high gas prices and will in fact cause more problems and cost more money in the long run.

        Senators are supposed to have more sense than their constituents, which is why they stand for election every six years instead of every other year.  

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Wed Aug 13, 2008 at 05:08:06 AM PDT

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      •  Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois (0+ / 0-)

        didn't want FISA.

        Or the Democratic House Representatives.

        What special insights about Illinois and our representatives do you have?

        But hey, what do I know. I just live here.

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