Skip to main content

View Diary: Conrad Moves Again to Kill Reform (205 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  not the whole senate (0+ / 0-)

    In the Senate, only the Democratic caucus goes exclusively by seniority.

    The Republican caucus elects and term-limits their chair-holders.

    I really wouldn't draw any conclusions about which system produces higher-quality leadership or a more diverse caucus on that basis, though.

    I have seen it argued, persuasively, that the Republican system produces a more disciplined caucus, since under the Democratic system you can't hold someone's committee chair over their head -- they get the chair if they served their time, end of story.

    I didn't mean to imply that the Dems' system is without a downside. Just that it has this one particular upside that is easily overlooked.

    Prison rape is not funny.

    by social democrat on Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 06:47:51 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site