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  •  From Matt Yglesias... (0+ / 0-)

    at Slate:

    But what Portman is telling us here is that on this one issue, his previous position was driven by a lack of compassion and empathy. Once he looked at the issue through his son's eyes, he realized he was wrong. Shouldn't that lead to some broader soul-searching?

    Is it just a coincidence that his son is gay, and also gay rights is the one issue on which a lack of empathy was leading him astray? That, it seems to me, would be a pretty remarkable coincidence. The great challenge for a senator isn't to go to Washington and represent the problems of his own family. It's to try to obtain the intellectual and moral perspective necessary to represent the problems of the people who don'thave direct access to the corridors of power.

    Senators basically never have poor kids.

    That's something members of Congress should think about. Especially members of Congress who know personally that realizing an issue affects their own children changes their thinking.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 08:20:26 AM PDT

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