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  •  no, I think Madison (0+ / 0-)

    spoke the simple truth. The Senate, by definition (giving low pop states equal status) is an undemocratic institution. Hamilton lost on this in the Constitutional Congress and arguments in the Federalists Papers were a losing cause. Many ills have come from this (think Henry Clay's influence) and we've been living with it ever since.

    I think it's a fight worth waging but the last real dent in it was back in 1917, when cloture was first introduced (http://www.senate.gov/... is a lucid and brief description of what came before and what came after). Everything since has just been a nibbling at the edges. 67, 60, whatever. It doesn't matter the number, the Senate is doing what it has always done - be a bulwark for the empowered class. Oligarchs, if you prefer that label. Me, I just prefer to call them the monied.

    47 is the new 51!

    by nickrud on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:57:17 PM PST

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