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  •  It all looks and sounds very similar to (13+ / 0-)

    the situation with Cuomo and the New York Senate.

    A Democratic majority run Senate would produce.

    Further, what it would produce would be fairly progressive legislation that members and leaders would have to go on record voting for or against.

    Further, that progressive legislation would then... in New York's case where there is a 2/3's Democratic and very progressive state assembly... land on the Governors desk where he would have to sign that legislation into law and accept it as part of his record to defend when he later attempts to advance his career... or veto and then stand the outrage of the very progressive base in his state... and in the federal case the legislation would then have to voted on in the House where it would in most cases fail. The President would remain insulated but the less progressive Democratic Senators would not.

    In the case of nominees (where the House is not an issue) the President would then not have a defense against not nominating the most progressive possible candidates for his cabinet and for the judiciary.

    And in a Washington environment that likes staying in the "center" having a good excuse for marginalizing the left is perceived as a good thing.

    Let the centrism and dysfunction reign!

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:43:11 AM PST

    •  We're all being played (6+ / 0-)

      The Democratic Party pretends to be for the things that their base wants but they never deliever because for some reason they are always stopped by those nasty Republicans which was quite a trick to manage back when they had all 3 branches and a Super Majority in the Senate. On a similar note the Republican Party pretends to be for all of the things that their base wants but somehow they are always thwarted by those dastardly Democrats even when they had complete control of all three branches for years.

      It is all one big game to both parties. Sure there are true believers  but the system makes sure they never get anywhere which was the Democrats end up with Reid in the Senate and the Republicans get Boehner in the House neither of whom represents the Center of what their party stands for. At the end of the day the Corporatist always wins.

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