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  •  It's a fair point, but the flipside of that (1+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne

    argument is that a big tent = majorities = control of a chamber of the legislature, and that's kind of a big deal.   The switch from a Democratic House to a Republican won wasn't nearly as dramatic as the switch from a Democratic Speaker to a Republican one, because I'd much rather Pelosi in charge of what makes it to the floor than Boenher.  

    But it's a tough choice sometimes, and can be difficult in conservative-to-moderate districts where progressive voters are few and far between.  I've drawn lines down over a few candidates I just couldn't stomach, but if a majority came down to a single seat, would I bite my tongue?  Yeah, because it's about more than individuals.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 06:54:57 PM PDT

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    •  it's kind of a big deal... (3+ / 0-)
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      UNTIL the senate has 58 dems and 2 independents caucusing (one of whom who fought harder for a dadt repeal than the democratic president, quite frankly) with it and a sitting vice-president to break a majority tie...and then being told, "we don't have the votes".

      "I believe that marriage is between a man and woman and I am not in favor of gay marriage..." and, also: "Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix." ~ barack obama

      by liberaldemdave on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 07:17:02 PM PDT

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      •  *shrugs* (1+ / 0-)
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        Ahianne

        The Senate's been broken forever, which is why I didn't address it.   The Republicans had the same problem when they controlled it, which is why they were clamoring for filibuster reform back then.

        The House, though, is a different matter.  People may not like to hear this, but the majority of our problems with all these budget debates comes from one and only one source: the fact that Republicans control the House.  It's not about the numbers or the relative ideologies, it's about the small number of individuals who control the committees and the agenda.  That's a fact.

        So, you can reply to my comment with a feint by talking about the Senate instead, but you know exactly the point I'm making and why.  If we fail to understand that simple dynamic, we're doomed to keep spinning our wheels, like we always do.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 11:10:00 PM PDT

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