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  •  It's a feature, not a bug! (1+ / 0-)
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    Oddly enough, I was just thinking in the last day or so that I had not read anything from Billmon in a while.  Always a great read!  Thanks for still posting occasionally!

    Someone I read regularly, but I am not sure who (perhaps even Billmon?) has argued that the dysfunction, if not necessarily intentional, is certainly a feature and not a bug of the GOP dynamic as it reinforces the notion that government does not work.  See the comment (comments?) above about family members angry over the holidays at Congress for not getting anything done.  Objectively, the gridlock in Congress (both houses) is due to the GOP dynamics internally and in relation to the Dems, and not to some generic notion of partisanship.  Yet the sense in the culture is that those folks in DC just can't get anything done...Government doesn't work!

    If this results from the political strategies within the GOP, so much the better (from their perspective that is).

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