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  •  the party is torn, in a zero-sum game (2+ / 0-)
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    Anonyman, FogCityJohn

    between the demands of its voters and its donors. the party will pass all sorts of legislation when it is safely under veto threat, but then somehow comes just a few votes short when the threshold for passage changes.

    one reason why i would like to see the 2/3 threshold for taxes gotten rid of here in CA, and the senate filibuster in the federal government junked as well, is to reveal just how many dems are actually willing to pass their own platform, and how many are just playing games and cashing checks. after enough of these close votes, that shift depending on the different barriers to becoming law, it makes one a bit cynical as to whether any of them have any intention at passing anything they campaign on.

    i know there are good democrats, my state reps lois wolk and mariko yamada certainly count among them. but let us not kid ourselves about the fact that the party as a whole is beholden to two very different set of interests, and our interests appear to be on the losing side when there is no GOP veto to blame.

    i do not see this as a hopeless pyrrhic task, not at all. by all means let us try to hector them into doing their jobs. i just think it a bit naive to pretend that this is a few bad apples, and that insurance industry money doesn't buy democrats as easily as republicans. we are fighting uphill, and the fight is harder now that it has a chance of passage.

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