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  •  If Walter Cronkite can retire at 65, (0+ / 0-)

    John Dingell can retire at 85.  It's bad form, to say the very least, to hold onto a congressional seat for 57 years in an institution as riddled with corruption, incompetency and incumbency as Congress.

    •  Who would you rather have? :) (2+ / 0-)
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      Mogolori, ArkDem14

      Cronkite was still an excellent host beyond his retirement from the anchor job.  He still had several decades inside of him that he essentially left on the table.

      Was Dan Rather a better anchor during the 1980s than Walter Cronkite would have been?  I highly doubt it.

      Dingell is good precisely because he has served the district so well for decades.  Liberals, moderates and even a lot of conservatives trust him as a straight shooter who places the interests of SE Michigan above all.

      A Dingell replacement really could be a lot more conservative on many issues than he is.  And his replacement will likely have more problems bridging divides among constituent groups.

      by DingellDem on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 12:38:28 PM PST

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    •  What does Cronkite have to do with this? (2+ / 0-)
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      ArkDem14, Eclectablog

      Cronkite was in a profession where one's personal appearance is vital.  Dingell is not.  Cronkite was in a profession where tone of voice was vital, Dingell is not.  (Congressmen do make speeches, but, as a glance at coverage of the House on CSPAN will show, few listen).

      And why someone should retire because the organization has corrupt or incompetent members is beyond me.  Dingell is neither corrupt nor incompetent.  And "riddled with incumbency" is just silly - it presupposes that people will be better because they are new.

      We all differ in ways that matter. But we're all the same in the ways that matter most.

      by plf515 on Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 12:39:20 PM PST

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      •  Congress has been failing the American people (1+ / 0-)
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        essentially since it kicked Nixon out of the White House (amazingly, in Dingell's 20th year in office).  It's 95 percent incumbency rates are baked in with the largesse of public corporations that have primary responsibilities to shareholders and not society.

        And Dingell's loss of the House Energy and Commerce chairmanship to Henry Waxman in 2008 was an indisputable vote of no-confidence from colleagues and peers in his own party indicating that on policy and performance -- and in spite of the importance of senority in leadership assignments -- John Dingell was the wrong man for the job.

        There's nothing left for him to do but secure favors for the network that gets him there for his 28th term in the House.  The only decent thing for him to do is step down and offer up representation of this Michigan House seat to someone with a vested interest in making end meet in the 21st century.

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