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    The idea that the House is more in touch with, and accountable to, everyday people is absurd.  Most House seats are never competitively challenged due to gerrymandering.  This system produces a lot of ideologues and a lot of incompetence.  The vast majority of House members sail into their next term without ever having to defend their positions or their priorities.

    The Senate is far from perfect--some Senators are arrogant jackasses and the process often sucks--but Senators tend to be much closer politically to their constituencies because they are actually held accountable with real electoral challenges.

    Oh, and Speier is awesome.  It's amazing how far she's come since Jonestown.

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