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    Re: Kennedy Successor Could Come Next Week Legislative leaders in Massachusetts "beli

    Doesn't really matter, they are either going to choose a placeholder till January, or they are going to pick the guy their state probably would have voted for.

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    Re: Kennedy Successor Could Come Next Week Legislative leaders in Massachusetts "beli

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Democrats need that vote, that's for damn sure. I wonder who it will be? I've heard Dukakis mentioned a few times.
    Can't have those pesky filibusters.
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    Re: Kennedy Successor Could Come Next Week Legislative leaders in Massachusetts "beli

    Truth be told, leaving a Senate seat open for an extended period of time was a dumb policy to begin with; senate representation is kind of important no matter what the context is. A temporary appointment seems only sane if you have to insist on prolonging the process by making it a matter of popular election.

    Rather than simply saying "oh well, just politics, go for it," why don't we actually call our parties out when they do stupid and undemocratic **** like this?
    I can't think of a historical example where people put principles like that ahead of political opportunity while in the middle of a political opportunity, which suggests the practice would be unsustainable. Eventually, some party would crack and exploit an opportunity, which would send us down a spiral comparable to what has happened in real history.
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    Re: Kennedy Successor Could Come Next Week Legislative leaders in Massachusetts "beli

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    I can't think of a historical example where people put principles like that ahead of political opportunity while in the middle of a political opportunity, which suggests the practice would be unsustainable. Eventually, some party would crack and exploit an opportunity, which would send us down a spiral comparable to what has happened in real history.
    This is because people are stupid, fickle, and willing to overlook crap like this when it's their party doing it.

    If people were not so stupid, fickle, and willing to overlook crap like this when it's their party doing it, we might actually have some politicians who would live up to those expectations.

    I'm permitting myself a rare flight from reality on this one, but it's hard to admit that we shouldn't expect better from politicians because we don't deserve better.
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